Sylvain Cambreling, having just conducted one of Messiaen’s greatest symphonic pieces, presents a programme of contrasting yet clearly linked works, those that reflect the sincerity of their composer’s writing. Carry on reading
Berlioz, encapsulating the effort and enthusiasm of youth, formed the idea for a “fantastic symphony” portraying an episode in the life of an artist; the result was a revolutionary and spectacular masterpiece.
The French composer was a pioneer, not only in the development of the symphonic poem, but also orchestration, drawing on resources and colours unthinkable at the time. Beethoven went to Vienna as a pianist and composer, and once he’d earned a reputation in both disciplines; he began composing, which was his real passion. The premier of Concerto No. 4 surprised everyone and it was also Beethoven’s last public appearance as a soloist. The programme opens with Messiaen’s symphonic meditation, one of his first orchestral works, in which he transforms his deep spiritual thoughts into music.