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This performance will also be taking place at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University on Friday 23 August..


Featuring

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conductor
Jian Wang cello

Program

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (excerpts)
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

About the performance

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.”

It’s the story of a musician (Berlioz himself) and his unrequited passion for a woman (the Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson), the woman of his dreams. Alongside the complex spectrum of emotions explored – passion, obsession, hallucination, depression and suicidal ideation – Berlioz weaves his idée fixe, his musical motif that represents the hero’s beloved, introduced by the violins and flutes. It is a motif that haunts him and the whole symphony, intensifying through subsequent movements.

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.

Pre-concert talk

Join composer, conductor and educator Vincent Plush for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall prior to the concert.

Pre-concert talk times

Thursday 22 August: 6.15pm
Saturday 24 August: 12.45pm

Running time

2 hours, including a 20-minute interval.


Pre-concert dining

Book into Café Vic at Arts Centre Melbourne for an exclusive dining package available at 6pm for the Friday and Saturday night performances. Book now via Arts Centre Melbourne.


幻想交响曲

2019年8月22日,星期四,晚上7:30
2019年8月24日,星期六,下午 2:00

墨尔本艺术中心汉默厅

演出艺术家

指挥:Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
大提琴: 王健

节目

门德尔松《仲夏夜之梦》(节选)
圣桑 《第一大提琴协奏曲》
柏辽兹 《幻想交响曲》

演出介绍

演奏会以门德尔松创作的《仲夏夜之梦》配乐开场,其缥缈梦幻的音乐魅力为随后的圣桑《第一大提琴协奏曲》营造了理想的氛围。圣桑《第一大提琴协奏曲》对大提琴家王健来说有着特殊的意义,这是他的首演交响作品,当时与和上海交响乐团的他年仅11岁。

著名小提琴家兼指挥Nikolaj Znaider将担任这场演出的指挥,他将带领乐团充分释放柏辽兹《幻想交响曲》中的多变而丰沛的情绪,这部作品被音乐家伦纳德·伯恩斯坦称为“第一部迷幻交响曲”。

这一作品讲述了一个音乐家(柏辽兹本人)对梦中情人(莎剧女演员哈丽艾特·史密森) 单相思的故事。除了一系列复杂而多变的情绪——激情、痴迷、幻觉、抑郁和自杀的念头以外,柏辽兹还加入了一个“固定乐思”作为代表他恋人的音乐主题,以小提琴和长笛引入。这一主题贯穿整个交响乐,并在连续的乐章中不断加强。

《幻想交响曲》充满了超越时代的戏剧效果。仔细倾听,你仿佛能看到主人公在《断头台进行曲》宏大的和弦中被斩首,以及他的“梦中情人”在《女巫夜宴之梦》中扭曲而怪诞地舞蹈的场面。

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