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Simon Rattle’s Berlioz and Stockhausen at the Royal Festival Hall—the best classical music in May 2019

Plus Yuja Wang in Birmingham

Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus licht comes to the Southbank

Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus licht comes to the Southbank

 

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, LSO & Simon Rattle

Barbican, 5th May

Hector Berlioz was a true original—a composer whose lack of formal training gave him a unique vantage point, imagining sounds and musical structures as no one ever had before. The Symphonie fantastique is his orchestral masterpiece—a wild, phantasmagorical work based on the composer’s unrequited passion for an English actress. Rattle pairs it with John Adams’s Harmonielehre, which dissolves and refashions influences as…

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