Cardiff University Chamber Orchestra
13/03/2016, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Andrea Quinn (conductor)
Gail Pearson (soprano)
Sibelius: Valse Triste
Berlioz: Les nuits d’été
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5
In 1903, Jean Sibelius was asked by his brother-in-law, the playwright Arvid Järnfelt, to write incidental music for his play Kuolema (Death). Although Kuolema turned out to be a flop, Sibelius later salvaged some of the incidental music, including “Valse Triste” (Sad waltz), which ultimately would become one of Sibelius’s signature works. Berlioz is not remembered as a song composer, but he wrote more than fifty songs, many of them supreme examples of his gift for melody. These six Gautier settings are the only songs Berlioz published as a group. Berlioz didn’t think of them as a cycle like Schubert’s Winterreise with a narrative thread and a strong musical continuity. They are linked, instead, by their poet, a common subject matter, and a certain shared musical atmosphere of delicate, moody colours.
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