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Friday, 6 June 2008

London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican

I went to the Barbican last night to see the excellent LSO performing Mahler's 9th symphony.

It is a grand, vast, sweeping epic of a symphony. Quite demanding listening in some ways but ultimately very rewarding. The final movement is powerful stuff. Very sad and poignant. Click here for some background to the piece if you are unfamiliar.

I managed to quickly pop along to the Royal Festival Hall beforehand to catch a free concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra. I am happy to take advantage of any almost opportunity these days to sit inside the fantastic newly refurbished RFH. Since moving to London almost 9 years ago it has firmly become one of my favourite venues. I have had some great times there. Brian Wilson (6 times!), Yo La Tengo, Elliott Smith, Mercury Rev, Low, hearing Steve Reich's 'Music For 18 Musicians' live for the first time, the panoramic view across the Thames from the balcony during intervals, spending time in the member's area. Great memories!

See below for some pictures.

From the stalls:

From the stage:
From Golden Jubilee bridge at night:

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