MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
PART OF SYMPHONIC: AN ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL SERIES.
Musical enchantment from Mendelssohn’s ethereal music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream sets the scene for Saint-Saëns’ captivating Cello Concerto No. 1. It is a work with special memories for soloist Jian Wang who played it for his orchestral debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at just 11-years-old.
Nikolaj Znaider, one of the most recent big-name violinists to take up the baton, unleashes a frenzy of emotions in Berlioz’s fantastical symphony which Leonard Bernstein described as ‘the first psychedelic musical trip’.
Symphonie fantastique is full of theatrical effects that were ahead of its time. Listen out for our hero being decapitated with a massive chord in the March to the Scaffold, and the ‘beloved’, distorted and grotesque dancing in the Witches Sabbath.
Nikolaj Znaider: Conductor
Jian Wang: Cello
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpts)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique