- Guillaume Connesson
- Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra
- Symphonic Dances
- Stéphane Denève
- Jérôme Pernoo
For its second visit to Cadogan Hall this season Brussels Philharmonic brings with it award-winning French cellist Jérôme Pernoo and they continue with their aim of introducing audiences to the present century’s best symphonic compositions. Connesson’s Maslenitsa is inspired by the Russian Sun Festival, a lively start to the concert, celebrating the arrival of spring.
The Russian theme continues with Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, the solo cello part of which calls for a player of exceptional technique and musicality, premiered in 1952 by Mstislav Rostropovich.
The final piece in the evening’s concert is Rachmaninov‘s final composition. It was, he said, his ‘final flicker’ and today many regard it as his finest music. Originally titled Fantastic Dances in three parts: Noon, Twilight and Midnight, Symphonic Dances is made up of three movements all in dance style. In fact, Rachmaninov had intended for them to be choreographed.