On the 17th of February, the whole study tour group attended London Symphony Orchestra’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov in the Barbican Centre. The repertoire consisted of French music: Rameau’s Les Indes galantes – Suite, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, Betsy Jolas’ A Little Summer Suite, Poulenc’s Les biches – Suite and Ravel’s La Valse.
Before talking about the performance, the acoustic of the hall has to be mentioned. Amongst all the concerts in many different concert halls attended during the trip, Barbican Centre had the best acoustic fitted for classical performance. The sound came straight to the very back of the hall – which was massive – without losing any clarity and amazing reverb quality.
Throughout the programme it was really interesting to experience new kind of instrumentation and orchestration through French composers’ from different eras, from Baroque to Post-Romanticism and 20th music. The Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov, performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major brilliantly, with great accuracy in style and technique, and through his playing his humble personality showed through. Sir Simon Rattle also led the orchestra very well in portraying each piece in very colourful and lively ways. The composer of A Little Summer Suite, Betsy Jolas was in the concert that night, who composed the piece for Sir Simon Rattle and later joined to bow with the conductor. Through this concert it was shown that LSO is particularly good at producing very magical and atmospheric sounds. Overall it was a great concert to finish off the study tour.
Written by Kate Hwang