Thomas Adès conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this concert featuring Stravinsky’s Perséphone and a new Organ Concerto by Gerald Barry.

‘For a composer, Stravinsky is like a terminus that you have to go through to get anywhere’, says Thomas Adès. ‘I love everything he did.’

So the London Philharmonic Orchestra are particularly excited that Adès agreed to conduct Stravinsky’s astonishingly fresh and distinctive retelling of the myth of Perséphone: part ballet, part choral melodrama, all Stravinsky.

Toby Spence sings the part of the priest Eumolpus; but first, Thomas Trotter unleashes the new organ concerto by the Irish master of musical anarchy, Gerald Barry. And Adès conducts his own sideways tribute to Stravinsky: a suite, with two new movements, from his deliciously decadent first opera Powder Her Face.

Thomas Adès’ Powder her Face Suite is commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Gerald Barry’s Organ Concerto is commissioned by City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Centre and Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

The concert is being broadcast live by Radio 3 on Radio 3 in Concert and is available for 30 days thereafter via the Radio 3 website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Thomas Adès conductor
Thomas Trotter organ
Toby Spence tenor
London Philharmonic Choir
Trinity Boys Choir 


Thomas Adès: Powder her Face Suite

Gerald Barry: Organ Concerto (London premiere)
Stravinsky: Perséphone (libretto by André Gide)