Op.80: Incidental Music (c.18 mins)
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no.5
‘the Egyptian’ (c.28 mins)
BerliozSymphonieFantastique (c.50 mins)
Javier Perianes piano
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
A composer’s mind is an extraordinary place at the best of times; still, nothing in music quite matches the fabulous, opium-fuelled phantasmagoria that is Hector Berlioz’s Symphoniefantastique. Fired by unrequited desire, and sweeping from pastoral love-scenes to the foot of the guillotine itself, it continues to startle and amaze. Matthias Pintscher brings a composer’s insight, and teams up with one of the piano’s great explorers – Javier Perianes – to give a new shine to the sparkling exotica of Saint-Saëns’ delightful, unfairly neglected ‘Egyptian’ concerto. Fauré’sPelléasetMélisande will seem all the more serene by comparison – but dangerous passions smoulder beneath its exquisite melodies and shot-silk colours.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson introduces Berlioz’s Symphoniefantastique.
There will be no coda after this concert.