Saint-Saëns: Sounds for the End of a Century
From an image of the earth being set on fire to the blazing organ chords of Symphony No 3, rediscover the work of Camille Saints-Saëns, the original French master of colour.
Steven Isserlis. Photo: Satoshi Aoyagi
Thu 26 Jan 2023 | 7pm
Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall
£5 - £82
MUSIC & GUEST ARTISTS
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No 1
SAINT-SAËNS: Danse macabre
SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony No 3 ‘Organ Symphony’
Steven Isserlis cello
Maxim Emelyanychev conductor
Saint-Saëns stood at a crossroads in French music as it forged its own path towards the end of the 19th Century. He reached back in to its past, drawing on medieval art or the forms of Rameau, whilst pointing forward to Ravel. We hear those influences in the jangling skeleton bones of the ever-popular Danse macabre, the swelling plainchant-infused melodies of the Organ Symphony, the molten solo part in the Cello Concerto, or deft orchestral colours of the symphonic poem Phaëton.