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19 May 2021 Bruxelles / Brussel (Brussels) (Belgium)
Baiba Skride & Korngold / Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Nationaal Orkest van Belgie conducted by Hugh Wolff - Henry Le Boeuf Hall
This concert has been canceled.
Program Info: Erich Korngold - Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, op. 35 the concerto has themes from the scores for the movies ANOTHER DAWN (1937), ANTHONY ADVERSE (1936) & THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (1937) Hector Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
The Austrian composer Erich Korngold emigrated to America to escape Nazism. In Hollywood he developed a career as a film music composer. His father, renowned music critic Julius Korngold, considered this a waste of his talent and kept urging his son to compose ‘serious music’. It was not until the year of his father’s death, the same year in which Nazism was defeated, that Erich followed suit and finished a violin concerto that had been haunting his mind for some time. Korngold’s Violin Concerto exudes with the atmosphere of fin-de-siècle Vienna, with a huge instrumentation, and rivals the best works of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss in terms of orchestration.
The colourful orchestrations of Korngold and Strauss are profoundly influenced by the work of the early-19th-century composer Hector Berlioz. In addition to a textbook on orchestration, his Symphonie fantastique appealed to the imagination. This composition, which consists of five parts like a classical drama, is also the first programme piece in music history. Berlioz tells the (autobiographical) story of a young artist whose love is not answered. After an unsatisfying pastoral idyll, opium dreams let him march through a ferocious crowd to a scaffold. After the falling of the axe, he finds himself at a witch’s Sabbath. The woman with whom the young artist is in love is assigned a musical motif (‘idee fixe’) that resounds throughout the symphony. With this, Berlioz laid the foundations for the Wagnerian Leitmoti