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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs an inspiring new orchestral work by Unsuk Chin as part of a programme of sonically adventurous music.

Mystical, echoing, otherworldly, Unsuk Chin’s Le Chant des Enfants des Étoiles (The Song of the Children of the Stars) is scored for symphony orchestra, choir, children's choir and organ. Chin takes inspiration from the idea that `all humans are stardust’, formed from cosmic explosions billions of years ago and draws on texts from 20th-century poets exploring galactic and natural phenomena.

The concert opens with an extraordinary work by 17th-century composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, a programmatic `battle’ piece that steps outside traditions of tonality.

`From its opening bars the music pulled the audience into the endless abyss of the cosmos, soon filling the whole concert hall with magnificent echoes. It was like taking a spacewalk into the infinite universe.’
Chosun Ilbo (South Korea)

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Philharmonia Voices
children's choir to be announced

Biber: Battalia à 10 in D
Beethoven: Symphony No.2


Unsuk Chin: Le chant des enfants des étoiles for children's choir, chorus, organ & orchestra(European premiere)

Part of the Salonen Series.

15/04/2018 19:30 - 15/04/2018 21:30


Street address
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1

Philharmonia Orchestra
Southbank Centre

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