In his "Fantasy Symphony," the young Berlioz bared his soul in music – torturing himself once again with the extreme passion he had felt for his beloved. Through visions of dreams and tantrums, opium-induced nightmares and tender musical kisses, this masterpiece ends with a death-defying "March to the Scaffold" you won't soon forget. Juxtaposed with this madness, the concert begins with Beethoven's sublimely personal Fourth Piano Concerto with renowned soloist Garrick Ohlsson.
At a Glance
BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 4
BERLIOZ - Symphonie Fantastique
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Piano Concerto in G major, Opus 58
by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
1. Allegro moderao
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo: Vivace
with Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Symphonie Fantastique, Opus 14
by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
1. Dreams, Passions: Largo — Allegto agitato
2. A Ball: Allegro non troppo
3. Scene in the Country: Adagio
4. March to the Scaffold: Allegretto non troppo
5. Dream of a Witches' Sabbath: Larghetto — Allegro
The concert will end at about 10:05 p.m.
About the Music
Commentary and historical background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time.
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