Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

Thursday 15 Apr 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano

Berlioz Overture, Roman Carnival 8’
Grieg Piano Concerto 28’
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 50’

John-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Symphonie Fantastique dramatises unrequited love. In this colourful score Berlioz depicted the fantasies of a spurned lover, ranging through a glittering ball, love in a meadow during the drowsy heat of the afternoon, an execution and a supernatural encounter in a churchyard at night.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert: “Every year Classic FM asks you to vote for your favourite classical works in our Hall of Fame. One of the works I like to vote for each year is the Grieg Piano Concerto and one of my favourite recordings of it is by tonight’s soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.”

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

…”Jean-Yves Thibaudet is a bit of a dandy but there was nothing self-regarding about his forthright playing in the Grieg Piano Concerto. He thundered in the opening, stole in pianissimo in the romantic adagio, with fine support from the orchestra’s first horn, and gave the dancing final movement an endearing lilt.

His encore, of the second of Brahms’ six Op.118 pieces, was meditative, introspective and exquisitely performed.”