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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 44: Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique

Tuesday 19 August 2014 - 6:30 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 44 Truls Mork © Stephane de Bourgies

Scheduled end time: 9:00pm

R. Strauss
Don Juan 17'

Elgar
Cello Concerto in E minor 30'

interval

Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique 54'

Truls Mørk cello

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis
conductor

This season's showcase of global orchestras continues with the Proms debut of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. Together they explore the musical extremes of passion, despair, love and death.

Perhaps the most powerful artistic expression of unrequited love, Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is a dark, vivid fantasy inspired by the woman who would eventually become his wife.

Strauss too had just married when he composed the soaring love theme of Don Juan. Elgar's last major work, the Cello Concerto, traces more questioning shades of emotion. There's a beautiful melancholy and tentative yearning to this work, coloured by the First World War: an elegy by any other name.