Dudamel, Yuja Wang, the Rite of Spring and a John Adams premiere – a concert that positively shouts energy, colour and joy.
‘You can’t accuse the Los Angeles Philharmonic of underselling itself’ wrote The Guardian during the LA Phil’s 2018 Barbican residency – and when you put Gustavo Dudamel on stage with Yuja Wang, it’s pretty much a given that sparks are going to fly.
The first London performance of John Adams’s devilish new piano concerto would make news in its own right: but tonight it’ll make for a high-octane launch to Wang’s season-long Barbican Artist Spotlight. And if, after that, the roof is still in place, Dudamel’s Rite of Spring should lift it right off. But first comes a real rediscovery: an orchestral work by Ginastera that’s effectively a mini-concerto for a virtuoso orchestra.
Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes
John Adams Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes (LA Phil commission)
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
Yuja Wang piano