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Philharmonia Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Part of Classical Season

Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Berlioz’ psychedelic Symphonie fantastique and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Dukas’ magical tale of a wayward sorcerer’s apprentice leads into Rachmaninov’s dazzling Third Piano Concerto.

Beginning slowly, creeping through a winding folk-like melody, the Concerto speeds into glittering cadenzas, a sparkling waltz and dizzying variations before reaching an astoundingly acrobatic coda.

Finally, Berlioz’ psychedelic Symphonie fantastique is a fantastical account of an artist and his great love, a thinly veiled allegory for his own relationship with actress Harriet Smithson.

Triggered by the protagonist’s near opium overdose, the music journeys through five scenes: the first, detailing his passion upon catching a glimpse of the woman of his dreams, introduced by a longing, later recurring theme or idée fixe in the flute and strings; the second a spinning ballroom; the third a day in the countryside; witnessing his own execution in the fourth; and finally, a riotous witches Sabbath.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Paavo Järvi conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili piano

Repertoire

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3
Interval
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Dates & times

3 Jun 2018
Approximate run time: 150 mins

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£11 - £55
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)
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Concessions

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need to know

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert event. A performance by the Philharmonia Chamber Players. Admission free.

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