The Orchestre National du Capitole and Tugan Sokhiev partner with Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci.
Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci first rose to fame for her performances of Berlioz's La Mort de Cléopâtre (with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézét-Seguin, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and John Nelson, and finally with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and again Nézét-Seguin). Here Antonacci joins the Orchestre National du Capitole for a performance of Berlioz's Summer Nights, a six-melody cycle that sets poems by Théophile Gauthier to music.
The program also features a performance of Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes, an orchestral suite in four movements inspired by music from the composer's opera Peter Grimes. With this work, Britten takes us to a small fishing harbor of Suffolk, where we remain from dawn until dusk, experiencing the sounds of waves, church bells and a powerful storm.
The concert closes with Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A Flat Minor, op. 55. Composed in 1908 and premiered by conductor Hans Richter with Manchester's Orchestra Hallé, this is the first of the the English composer's three symphonies. Its four movements seem cyclical, and their serene and majestic character gradually gives way to anguish.
Pictures: Anna Caterina Antonacci (© Benjamin Ealovega) and Tugan Sokhiev (© Denis Rouvre).
Philippe Calvario, Tugan Sokhiev
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
English Chamber Orchestra. 1964-1970.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra