Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Haydn’s The Creation; I Musicanti at Conway Hall; Sir Simon Rattle and opera star Magdalena Kožená
04 January, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle in concert at the Barbican on Thursday January 11
Appropriately enough, Haydn’s The Creation opens the year-long Time Unwrapped series at the Kings Place arts venue this Saturday evening (January 6). More than 100 concerts are being performed in the series which seeks to show how music can stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it altogether. In addition to The Creation, concerts in the series over the next week feature a new project presented by drone-master William Basinski. Kings Place, 7.30pm, from £9.50 online, 90 York Way, N1, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/time-unwrapped/
• Virtuoso percussionist Christoph Sietzen is presenting a programme at the cutting edge of contemporary percussion music at LSO St Luke’s this Friday lunchtime (January 5). His programme is anchored by modern classics by such composers as Xenakis, Pärt and Piazzolla. LSO St Luke’s, 1pm, £12, 161 Old Street, EC1, 020 7490 3939, www.lso.co.uk/St-Lukes
• I Musicanti, led by renowned South African double-bass player Leon Bosch, is opening the spring 2018 season at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, this Sunday evening (January 7). A mixed chamber ensemble, I Musicanti comprises some of the most experienced and respected musicians to be found in the UK. The Sunday evening concert features Schubert’s much-loved Trout piano quintet. Musicologist Roderick Swanston discusses the evening’s programme in a pre-concert talk at 5.50pm.
Conway Hall, 2 Red Lion Square, WC1, 020 7405 1818, 6.30pm, £10/cons £8, 020 7405 1818, https://conwayhall.org.uk
• Sir Simon Rattle is conducting opera star Magdalena Kožená with the London Symphony Orchestra in a Barbican concert next Thursday (January 11). The programme combines great Romantic and Baroque masters including Handel arias, Mahler’s Ruckert-Lieder, Rameau’s Les Boreades and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk, 7.30pm