BBC Philharmonic: Saint-Saens and Janacek
The BBC Philharmonic are conducted by Edward Gardner in a programme book-ended by Czech music. They are joined by virtuoso Louis Lortie for contrasting piano music by Saint-Saens.
Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Smetana: The Bartered Bride, Overture
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 4
Saint-Saëns: Rhapsodie d'Auvergne
8.20 Music Interval
Berlioz: The Trojans: Royal Hunt and Storm
Louis Lortie (piano)
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Virtuoso pianist Louis Lortie joins the BBC Philharmonic for two contrasting pieces by Saint-Saëns, his innovative Fourth Piano Concerto and his atmospheric and engaging Rhapsodie d'Auvergne in which, unusually for this composer, he quotes French folk song. Berlioz's dramatic Royal Hunt and Storm follows the interval and the programme is book-ended by Czech music; Smetana's energetic Overture to his nationalistic opera The Bartered Bride opening the proceedings and the utterly unique sound-world of Janácek's Sintonietta bringing the concert to a thrilling end.