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symphonic concert

VFJO / GAFFIGAN / BELL

Berlioz, Chausson, Brahms
American superstar violinist, Joshua Bell, returns to the Verbier Festival Mainstage, putting his romantic spin on Chausson’s Poème for violin and orchestra.
Programme

HECTOR BERLIOZ
Roman Carnival Overture Op. 9

ERNEST CHAUSSON
Poème for violin and orchestra Op. 25

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73

While Berlioz’s 1838 opera Benvenuto Cellini was dropped by the Paris Opera after just three performances, the concert overture he rescued from its themes—notably its love duet, heard on cor anglais, and its carnival music with its saltarello dance—is a fizzing masterpiece. Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 also dates from 1877, written over a summer holiday, just months after the premiere of his Symphony No. 1 which had been decades in gestation. Sunny, pastoral, peaceful and playful, No. 2 was an instant success.

Media
Pre-concertcast: James Gaffigan in conversation with Charlotte Gardner