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BBC Philharmonic - Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Berlioz

Yutaka Sado leads the BBC Philharmonic. Mendelssohn: Overture (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Nobuyuki Tsujii). Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Philharmonic travels to Japan for a series of concerts with conductor Yutaka Sado, including this performance recorded in Osaka with the gifted young pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, joint winner of the first prize at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2009.

The light and airy overture by a precocious 17-year old Mendelssohn opens the programme, skillfully depicting the characters in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is followed by Rachmaninov's most well-known piano concerto, also his most romantic, and the work which set him back on track as a composer. To end, the ultimate programmatic symphony: Berlioz wrote the programme note himself to accompany his Symphonie fantastique, which depicts scenes from the life of an artist.

Mendelssohn: Overture to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no.2
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Yutaka Sado (conductor)

Followed by music from members of the Arcanto Quartet in their careers as soloists, including the viola player Tabea Zimmermann in:

Schumann: Marchenbilder, Op.113.

2 hours, 15 minutes