Debussy orch Colin Matthews Selected Préludes Debussy Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Nelson Freire piano London Symphony Orchestra
Debussy deliberately placed the enigmatic titles of his Préludes at the end of each movement to allow the performer to construct their own sensory images. He wrote the beautiful Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra in a fraught period of self-doubt and consequently forbade it to be performed or published during his lifetime. Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique recounts the doomed love affair of a man who has poisoned himself with opium, causing hallucinations of a masked ball, the countryside, a march to the scaffold and finally a witches’ Sabbath.
This concert is dedicated to the late Nigel Gomm, former LSO trumpeter, who passed away in October 2011.
Artist Conversation: Michael Tilson Thomas Part of Centre for Orchestra 1.15pm, Barbican Hall Michael Tilson Thomas in conversation ahead of his appearance conducting the LSO in the evening. Free entry, booking required on 020 7638 8891 > Full details and online streaming link
Open Rehearsal Sun 22 Jan 2-5pm, LSO St Luke's Tickets £4, please call 020 7638 8891 to book > Full details