Sunday 29 Sep 2013, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Piotr Anderszewski piano
Beethoven Overture, Namensfeier
Schumann Piano Concerto
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Cast in five trailblazing movements, Symphonie fantastique celebrates Berlioz’s delirious infatuation with the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, who crops up throughout by means of her own musical signature or idée fixe. Berlioz’s opium-induced wild ravings climax in a Witches’ Sabbath finale, which sees Harriet consorting with all manner of ghouls and fiends. It is paired with music by the composer who most influenced him – Beethoven – and by Berlioz’s contemporary and admirer Schumann.
This evening’s concert marks the exact date of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s début appearance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1983.