BBC Philharmonic - Part, Dutilleux, Berlioz
Live from the Bridgewater Hall, BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena. Part: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten. Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain... Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.
The BBC Philharmonic in Berlioz's 'Symphonie fantastique', Arvo Pärt's 'Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten' and Dutilleux's Cello Concerto, 'Tout un monde lointain...'.
Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Dutilleux: 'Tout un monde lointain...' Concerto for cello and orchestra
8.15 Music interval
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Juanjo Mena (conductor)
With its startling and innovative use of the full palette of orchestra colour, Berlioz's fantasy takes us on an artist's opium-fuelled journey of tortured love and graphic horror. The compulsive melody and rhythms keep the audience entranced from first note to last and we share the protagonist's desperate unrequited love. The programme opens with a heartfelt meditation on loss of another kind, Arvo Pärt's 'Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten', reflecting on his deep sorrow at the death of a composer Pärt admired but just missed the opportunity of meeting. Dutilleux's 'Tout un monde lointain...' is also a tribute to the work and gifts of another artist. Here, in a piece written for Britten's friend Rostropovich, Dutilleux meditates on poetry by Baudelaire - reflection which inspires expressive music for the solo cello and tantalising textures for the orchestra.