Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Weber, Brahms, Saint-Saens
Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Weber: Euryanthe Overture. Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 (with Louis Lortie). Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ).
Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony.
Live from the Lighthouse, Poole
Weber: Euryanthe Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor
Saint-Saëns : Symphony No.3 in C minor, 'Organ'
Louis Lortie, piano
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Recognised at once as a landmark, Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony had a powerful impact on later symphonists with its unconventional form and extended thematic development from a few simple opening ideas. It reveals a genuine flair for sumptuous orchestral colour, suave and unforgettable melody and brilliant craftsmanship - the zenith of his symphonic output.
Brahms spent the greater part of the 1850s building his first orchestral masterpiece, the D minor Piano Concerto, out of material meant for other works.It is a bold and daring work, stormy and dramatic, tender and lyrical, and filled with youthful passion and surging power written at a time of intense personal experiences for Brahms, most of which revolved around his complicated relationship with Robert and Clara Schumann.
Schumann himself appraised Weber's operatic gem as "a chain of sparkling jewels from beginning to end - all brilliant and flawless.".