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Visions of chaos give way to a diabolical scene in a musical thrill-ride that takes us from creation itself to the wild dances of a Witches’ Sabbath. Jean-Féry Rebel’s suite The Elements is one of Baroque music’s most unusual works, opening with a vivid portrait of Chaos.
The same audacity surfaces a century later in Berlioz’s quasi-autobiographical Symphonie fantastique, whose large orchestral forces and colourful textures make it a perfect fit for the Royal Albert Hall.
Star cellist Alisa Weilerstein is soloist for the UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s nature-inspired concerto Outscape – a work written for her – while her brother, rising young star Joshua Weilerstein, conducts.
Les élémens – Le cahos 7’
Dusapin Outscape 28’
BBC co-commission with the Casa da Música Foundation (Porto), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opéra de Paris and Stuttgart Opera: UK premiere
Symphonie fantastique 50’
Alisa Weilerstein cello
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein conductor
- No under 5s