BBC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ROUSSEL’S EVOCATIONS & SAINT-SAENS SYMPHONY NO. 3 – SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM
Yan Pascal Tortelier Conductor
Jonathan Scott Organ
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus Chorus
Kathryn Rudge Mezzo-Soprano
Alessandro Fisher Tenor
François Le Roux Baritone
Join the BBC Philharmonic’s Conductor Laureate, Yan Pascal Tortelier, as he leads the orchestra through two epic French masterpieces.
Evocations was inspired by Roussel’s experience with Eastern culture, conjuring up such scenes as the busy streets of Jaipur and nights on the banks of the Ganges, with silken colours and shamelessly exotic melodies.
In Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, a single majestic chord from the organ makes the very air itself shimmer and ring. The orchestra welcomes Jonathan Scott, a prizewinner at many International competitions including St Albans Organ Competition, Musica Brittanica Early music Competition and RCO Performer of the Year Competition.
About his final symphony, Saint-Saëns’ declared “I gave everything to it I was able to give [. . .] what I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.”
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Join us at 6:15pm for a pre-concert conversation with Yan Pascal Tortelier. This conversation will be signed by a British Sign Language interpreter.