Formed from a set of his own piano pieces, Chabrier’s orchestral imagination is on full display in his superb and varied suite. Much loved and now firmly part of the concert repertoire, the first of two concertos for cello was written when Saint-Saëns was at the height of his compositional powers. It is a brilliant tour de force, melding ground-breaking structural innovation with exquisite solo writing. The powerful and highly personal Symphony in D is the Belgian composer’s most famous work. It is lusciously filled with gorgeous Wagnerian harmonies, combining elements of both symphony and symphonic poem in a thematically unified whole. It has enormous emotional appeal and remains an audience favourite.

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Please note that this concert is not part of the BSO@Home livestream series.

Pre-Concert Talk

Make the most of your concert by getting to know the music in more depth with our informative video about the pieces being performed.

Works and composers

Chabrier Suite Pastorale
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor
Franck Symphony in D Minor