“What a good thing it’s not music” remarked Rossini of Berlioz’s iconoclastic Symphonie fantastique. A rich, sometimes lurid fantasy, its ability to thrill, startle and shock remains gloriously undimmed. Debussy with a spring in his step, and the concerto violinist Joseph Joachim called “the heart’s jewel” steady the nerves.
Debussy Rondes de Printemps
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Conductor Robert Trevino
Violin Simone Lamsma
Spring is in the air! Ahead of next month’s Debussyan seaside dip, the sap rises in the exquisite folksongenriched finale to the Trois Images, an orchestral triptych he completed in 1909. There’s a springtime freshness too to Mendelssohn’s evergreen concerto whose soloist wastes no time in making an appearance. But in the symphony Leonard Bernstein called ‘the first musical expedition into psychedelia’, inspired by unrequited love, Berlioz’ ‘episodes in the life of an artist’ trip from ballroom to scaffold, pastoral idyll to the horrors of a witches’ Sabbath.
Hot on the heels of Andrew Litton, the BSO returns another charismatic American conductor to the podium. Much in demand on both sides of the pond, Robert Trevino joins forces for the Mendelssohn with Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma whose Beethoven with the orchestra under Karabits displayed “a sense of line and phrase that held the audience spellbound” (The Observer).
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The Lantern – 18:25
Music educator and conductor Jonathan James introduces this evening’s concert with his trademark deep enthusiasm and fascinating breadth of knowledge.
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