Friday 4th February 2022
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets £11.50 to £37.50
Age Guidance: 7+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Pre-concert event - Maxime Pascal and Neil Bennison in conversation
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Stephen Waarts *, violin
Violinist Stephen Waarts joins rising star French maestro, Maxime Pascal for Beethoven’s enduringly popular Violin Concerto. Revolutionary in conception, it treats the soloist as a co-creator in its grand design, rather than as a virtuosic showpiece. After the drama of the symphonically-scaled first movement, Beethoven gives us a serene slow movement before a buoyant rondo dances its way to the finish. Inspired by the Berlioz’s obsessive love for the actress Harriet Smithson, the Symphonie Fantastique is a feverish, partly autobiographical drama of an artist haunted by the image of his ideal woman. It’s a tremendous showpiece, with a finale like no other as the hero attends his own ‘funeral’, a diabolic witches’ sabbath. With Berlioz’s imagination firing at white heat, this torrid tale is delivered with terrific élan, taking the orchestra into previously unimagined places.
* We’re very grateful to violinist Stephen Waarts stepping in for Alena Baeva.