Anton Webern: Variations for Orchestra, Op.30
Alban Berg: Lulu Suite (Symphonic pieces from Lulu)
Bohuslav Martinu: Double Concerto (2 string orchestras, piano and percussion)
Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Intense darkness pervades these four works from the 1930s and '40s.
Berg's 'Lulu', an operatic masterpiece of human self-destruction, lends its most surging themes to its namesake Suite for soprano and orchestra, which perfectly exposes the composer's marrying of Serialist technique to unfailing melodic gift.
Bartok's mysteriously scored creation has the feeling of music from another world - at once utterly foreign and beguilingly beautiful.
As Martinu saw his native Czechoslovakia threatened in 1938, he created a near-violent expression of courage - in his own words, 'a current of notes that never ceases for an instant, and by a melody that passionately claims the right to freedom.'
The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski are dedicating this concert to Sir Colin Davis.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Barbara Hannigan soprano