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La Chambre Philharmonique

Repertoire

Berlioz
Béatrice et Bénédict Overture
Berlioz
Les nuits d’été
Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique

Performers

Emmanuel Krivine
conductor
Michèle Losier
mezzo-soprano

La Chambre Philharmonique is a period-instrument orchestra formed by conductor Emmanuel Krivine. Based in Paris it is composed of musicians from well-established European orchestras and ensembles. Tonight’s concert explores the works of Berlioz, a profoundly original composer and brilliant writer.

The composer’s beautiful and atmospheric song cycle Les nuits d’été is performed by the critically acclaimed Canadian mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier.

Symphonie fantastique was premiered in 1830, during Berlioz’s period of intense infatuation with a young actress. Through its movements it tells the story of an artist’s self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman, describing his obsession and dreams, tantrums and moments of tenderness, and visions of suicide, murder, ecstasy and despair.

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2013-14.

6.30pm – 7pm: Pre-concert talk in the auditorium
A rare opportunity to discuss with members of the orchestra – Christophe Robert (violin) and Alexis Kossenko (flute) – the choices and challenges faced when playing historical instruments. You will be given insights into the repertoire and the techniques used by La Chambre Philharmonique during the concert. Free to ticket holders.

From 6.30pm: Free pre-concert music in the Culford Room
Duo Octacorda (violin and viola) performs works by Martinů, Bjarne Brustad and Vissarion Shebalin.

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