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Brussels Philharmonic with Jérôme Pernoo, cello

Venue: Cadogan Hall


Guillaume Connesson
Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra
Symphonic Dances


Stéphane Denève
Jérôme Pernoo

For its second visit to Cadogan Hall this season Brussels Philharmonic brings with it award-winning French cellist Jérôme Pernoo and they continue with their aim of introducing audiences to the present century’s best symphonic compositions. Connesson’s Maslenitsa is inspired by the Russian Sun Festival, a lively start to the concert, celebrating the arrival of spring. (Hear an excerpt of it in the video clip right.)

Chief Conductor Stéphane Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic have recently won the coveted 2016 Diapason d’Or of the Year for their Deutsche Grammophon release Pour sortir au jour. The album, featuring 21st century works by composer Guillaume Connesson, has earned universal acclaim from the classical press since its release in Summer 2016. In addition to this prestigious honour, the album was awarded Classica magazine’s CHOC of the Year 2016 and nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

The Russian theme continues with Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, the solo cello part of which calls for a player of exceptional technique and musicality, premiered in 1952 by Mstislav Rostropovich.

The final piece in the evening’s concert is Rachmaninov‘s final composition. It was, he said, his ‘final flicker’ and today many regard it as his finest music. Originally titled Fantastic Dances in three parts: Noon, Twilight and Midnight, Symphonic Dances is made up of three movements all in dance style. In fact, Rachmaninov had intended for them to be choreographed.

(The music in the video above is an excerpt from Connesson’s Maslenitsa.)

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