Thursday 29 September 2016, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Stravinsky's Oedipus rex and Symphony of Psalms are conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in a performance featuring Sir Willard White.
Monumental. Formal. Stylised. To a text by Cocteau derived from Sophocles and translated back into Latin, Stravinsky's Oedipus rex is a chilling retelling of the tragic myth. A work that abandons sentiment, it confronts the spectator with the true horror of the 'infernal machine' of fate. The Latin Psalms, too, seemingly so ancient, so distant, speak here of the tragedy of exile through a music of electrifying austerity and intensity.
Philharmonia Orchestra in co-production with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Photography by Philharmonia Orchestra