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. Experience the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in performance at the ICC Darling Harbour Theatre.