Hilary Hahn – Berlioz and Sibelius – Violin Concerto and Symphonie fantastique – Mikko Franck

Hahn plays Berlioz and Sibelius – Violin Concerto and Symphonie fantastique directed by Mikko Franck

Jean Sibelius – Violin Concerto in d minor
Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique

Hector Berlioz died in March 1869. On the 150th anniversary of his death, Mikko Franck and the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France performed one of his most famous works: the “Symphonie fantastique”. The American violinist Hilary Hahn can also be seen as a soloist in the Radio France auditorium in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

It starts with the violin concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius, a work at the transition between late romantic and modern – and the only concerto by the Finnish composer.

With the Symphonie fantastique, Hector Berlioz presented a passionate and highly emotional declaration of love to the Irish actress Harriet Smith, whom he adored. Berlioz himself described the work as an “instrumental drama”. A manifesto of romanticism, whose innovative design language was expressed in an equally novel interpretation at the premiere.

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