Prom 7: Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

Prom 7: Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

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Summary

Live at the BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joshua Weilerstein in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins for Pascal Dusapin's Outscape. Visions of chaos give way to a diabolical scene in a musical thrill-ride that takes us from creation itself to the wild dances of a Witches' Sabbath. Jean-Féry Rebel's suite The Elements is one of Baroque music's most unusual works, opening with a vivid portrait of Chaos. The same audacity surfaces a century later in Berlioz's quasi-autobiographical Symphonie fantastique, whose large orchestral forces and colourful textures make it a perfect fit for the Royal Albert Hall. American cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the soloist for the UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin's nature-inspired concerto Outscape - a work written for her - while her brother, rising star Joshua Weilerstein, conducts. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Alisa Weilerstein (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Joshua Weilerstein. Rebel: Le Chaos (Les Elémens). Dusapin: Outscape (BBC co-commission: first UK performance). 8.00 Interval: Proms Extra. Richard Davenport-Hines - author of The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Social History of Drugs - considers how opium became a stimulus to creativity in Paris in the 19th century for writers such as Baudelaire, Apollinaire and Mallarmé and in the plot underpinning Symphonie Fantastique. He's joined by historian and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr Daisy Hay, author of Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives. Presented by Matthew Sweet and recorded earlier this evening as a Proms Extra with an audience at Imperial College. 8.20 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14.

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Presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch
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