La Belle France!
Havant Chamber Orchestra present a programme of beautiful and dramatic
classics by French composers – most of them not heard nearly as often as
they should be!
Delibes was well-known for his music for theatre and ballet and we open the
concert with dances from his compositions for “Le roi
s’amuse” (“The King has fun”) – a play by Victor
The “Pavane” by Faure is a piece you will recognise, but the
Symphony No. 1 by Gounod, perhaps less so. Gounod was a prolific composer
of songs and this influence can be heard in his first Symphony which is
graceful and refined throughout.
The centrepiece of our programme is the Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns.
Unusually structured as a single movement with varied sections, the composer
said that this piece was inspired by Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and it
provides ample opportunity for both virtuosic display and lyrical indulgence by
the soloist. After his thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky with us
in February 2020, we’re delighted to be able to welcome back
Hampshire-based Mikhail Lezdkan to perform the Saint-Saëns.