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Introducing Saint-Saens Organ Symphony

Watch our short introduction to Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 3

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Royal Festival Hall 2013/14

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‘The playing [in the Saint-Saëns] was magnificent and everything was perfectly in place – exuberant rhythms and thrilling climaxes in the outer movements, a most affectingly shaped slow movement, and urgent attack in the scherzo … This was something very special as part of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s final season as the LPO’s Principal Guest Conductor.’
Alan Sanders, Classical Source, 27 March 2014

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The King of Instruments

Two masterworks for organ and orchestra

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Poulenc Organ Concerto
Berlioz Les nuits d’été
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano*
James O’Donnell organ
London Philharmonic Orchestra

It has taken eight years to refurbish the grand organ of Royal Festival Hall and the instrument will resound anew in this concert of French music punctuated by two of the greatest masterworks for organ and orchestra ever written. Poulenc’s Organ Concerto is a gregarious romp that spins off the music of the greatest organist who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach. The ‘Organ’ Symphony by Saint-Saëns is justly famous for its awe-inspiring majesty and brilliance, worlds apart from the delicate, luminous nocturnal songs by Berlioz that separate the two.

This concert is supported by Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française.

*Sarah Connolly has replaced Anna Caterina Antonacci for scheduling reasons.

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