Homage to Louis-Hector Berlioz in the 150th anniversary of his death
Orchestre National de France
conductor Emmanuel Krivine
viola Antoine Tamestit
Johannes Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn in B-flat major for orchestra, Op. 56a
Franz Liszt Mazeppa symphonic poem from Victor Hugo S. 100
Louis-Hector Berlioz Harold en Italie Op. 16 Symphony in Four Parts with Viola Obbligato and orchestra
A tribute to Berlioz, a great innovator, and an investigation of the metamorphosis of XIX-century symphonic writing: open to cyclicity and melodic “narration”, to literary suggestions, to the magnetism of solo virtuosity, but also to “classic” architectural rigour. And thus, Berlioz’s symphonic poem (initially commissioned by Paganini as a solo viola concerto), inspired by Italy and by Byron’s Childe Harold’s Piligrimage, will be performed by 40-year-old French Antoine Tamestit, one of the greatest violists on the international scene.The programme also features Liszt’s powerful Mazeppa, the story of an adventurer celebrated by Byron himself and Victor Hugo among others, and the monumental and infallible symphonic model of Brahms’s so-called Saint Anthony Variations.