KW Symphony’s “Symphonie Fantastique”

I went to the KW Symphony’s performance titled “Symphonie Fantastique.”

The conductor was Alpesh Chauhan.

Here’s the program:

  • Magnus Lindberg — Aventures
    • This is a bit of a jumble — there are some interesting sections, but no unified whole. Some sections were quotations from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — Concerto No. 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra*
    1. Allegro moderato
    2. Andante con moto
    3. Rondo vivace
      • I wasn’t familiar with this piece but it was full of Beethoven-y goodness. A historical tidbit: Its public premiere was the last time Beethoven played as a soloist with an orchestra.
  • Hector Berlioz — Symphonie fantastique
    1. Reveries — Passions
    2. A Ball
    3. Scene in the Country
    4. March to the Scaffold
    5. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath
      • This might be the 1st time I’ve heard this piece live — it’s splendid to see/hear it in action. The 4th and 5th movements are the most fantastic parts. This is Berlioz’s 1st symphony but is masterful. A historical tidbit: Berlioz wrote the symphony as an expression of love for a woman who he later married but their marriage ended up being an unhappy one.

*The pianist was Angela Cheng, who was extravagantly into the music but did a terrific job. She played an encore which I was familiar with but can’t name.

I previously discussed the KW Symphony’s concert “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World.”

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