Classical, Opera, Choral
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO)
Berlioz Overture: Roman Carnival
Schubert Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’
Berlioz Harold in Italy
Antoine Tamestit - viola
Matthias Pintscher - conductor
Niccolò Paganini wanted a vehicle to show off his new Stradivarius viola. Hector Berlioz gave him the last thing he expected - a flamboyant, Byron-inspired symphony that drives straight to the brooding heart of the Romantic spirit. It’s like nothing else in 19th century music, and the great French viola virtuoso Antoine Tamestit is one of its greatest interpreters. BBC SSO Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher brings a composer’s ear to this remarkable score, and pairs it with the two perfectly-poised movements of Schubert’s Unfinished (and some would say unfinishable) Eighth Symphony.
To be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK 19.15
Tonight's soloist, Antoine Tamestit, in conversation with BBC SSO violinist Alex Gascoine.
All performances have been completed