With Jonathan Swain
The National Youth Orchestra's annual Prom puts the spotlight this year on two brilliantly orchestrated nineteenth-century French masterworks: Paul Dukas's thrilling mix of witty narrative and symphonic momentum and the symphony that made the young Hector Berlioz's name.
Both works have a dark side - the Sorcerer's Apprentice summoning the anarchic spirits while his master is out of the way and the opium-fuelled nightmares of a young love-sick artist which include his own execution and a witches' Sabbath.
The programme also includes the London premiere of Julian Anderson's capricious, contrast-packed 'Fantasias' a work which showcases the plentiful talent in each of the NYO's instrumental sections in turn. Introduced by Donald Macleod.
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Julian Anderson: Fantasias (London premiere)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Followed by highlights from last year's East Neuk Festival including:
Beethoven: String Trio in E flat major, Op.3
Leopold String Trio.