Enter a fantastic world of myths and dreams with David Robertson as guide. Gerstein plays Grieg’s bracing, folk-like Piano Concerto before Berlioz takes us on a wild trip.
Sibelius’ evocation of Finnish legend En Saga (A Saga) emerges from freezing mists of swirling strings and growling brass. It’s as dark as a northern winter.
Bracing Scandinavian air permeates Grieg’s piano concerto, billowing though its heart-stirring melodies. Kirill Gerstein, whose formidable technique is matched by his distinctive musicianship, takes on this crowd-pleaser.
And David Robertson leads us on a wild trip in Berlioz’s semi-autobiographical hallucination, Symphonie fantastique. The delirious artist chases his beloved through dreams, ballrooms, the countryside, his own beheading and a witches’ sabbath! Berlioz promised to ‘stagger the world’ with this symphony, and he delivered: this is music of pure sensation.
Presented as part of the Sydney Symphony’s Keys to the City Festival at Sydney Town Hall.