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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Fantastic Symphony

Edward Gardner conducts

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
Lutosławski Les Espaces du sommeil
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Edward Gardner conductor*
Gerald Finley bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra

‘Frustrated in love, a young musician of deep sensitivity and ardent imagination takes opium…’ With those words, Hector Berlioz set the scene for his Symphonie fantastique – a story of gothic horror and glittering excess, rolled into one roof-raising musical phantasmagoria and scored for the biggest orchestra the world had then seen. It’s a gripping way for the LPO’s Principal Conductor Designate Edward Gardner to raise the curtain on our new season; first, though, Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular overture sets the emotional bar high, and the great Gerald Finley enters the luminous world of Lutosławski’s Les Espaces du sommeil – music that inhabits the realm between dream and imagination.

* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael

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