BBC SSO - Faure, Saint-Saens, Berlioz
The BBC SSO conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Faure: Pelleas et Melisande: Suite. Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 5 (soloist: Javier Perianes). Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.
Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Tom Redmond
Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an all French programme, including Fauré and Berlioz and Saint-Saëns's Concerto No 5 with pianist Javier Perianes.
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian)
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Javier Perianes (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher (conductor)
Matthias Pintscher is German-born, but steeped in French culture from his time working in Paris as a composer and conductor with, amongst others, the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Tonight he conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an all-French programme which reflects the many facets of that country's musical output in the latter part of the 19th century.
The four movements of Fauré's 'Suite: Pelléas et Mélisande' draw on scenes from Maeterlink's symbolist play, which would go on to inspire Debussy and Schoenberg. Their evocation is atmospheric and full of delicate romanticism.
Javier Perianes is a Spanish pianist with an international reputation: he joins the orchestra to perform Saint-Saëns's 'Egyptian' Piano Concerto No. 5. And the concert concludes with a pioneering example of musical story-telling: the striking drama of Berlioz's 'Symphonie Fantastique'.