Stéphane Denève, conductor
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève and the SLSO close the season with Berlioz’s most celebrated work and an orchestral tour-de-force, Symphonie fantastique.
- Complete with an elegant ball, a frightening march to the scaffold and a pastoral scene in a field, Berlioz’s most celebrated work is an orchestral tour-de-force.
- Symphonie fantastique was Berlioz’s first symphony and succeeded in his quest to write “new music” that sounds and behaves like nothing ever written before.
- Ravel’s Shéhérazade depicts a tantalizing tale inspired by the book The Thousand and One Nights, featuring mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham.
- “Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique takes the listener on a phantasmagoric dreamscape of a journey using wildly frenetic rhythms and colors. I very much look forward to Maestro Denève’s interpretation of the Berlioz.” – Jonathan Reycraft