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Music, Sat 7 Oct 2017

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Concert Begins at 7.30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits - conductor
Steven Osborne - piano
Cynthia Millar - ondes martinot
Bizet - Symphony in C
Messiaen - Turangalîla-symphonie

Bizet's Symphony in C was written when he was studying at the Paris Conservatoire under the composer Charles Gounod; it was evidently a student assignment that was never performed in his lifetime. The four movement work remained undiscovered for 80 years, found only when the manuscript was donated to the Paris Conservatoire by composer Reynaldo Hahn. It was heavily influenced by the two symphonies of Bizet's teacher, Gounod, which in turn owe to the music of Schubert and Mozart.

Messiaen was commissioned by Sergey Koussevitzky to compose a piece without restrictions to instrumentation or length for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He created this collosal ten movement work, which makes use of the ondes martinot - an early electronic instrument. Along with the song cycles Harawi and Cinq Rechants, Turangalîla is the second of a three-work cycle inspired by the "Tristan" myth. The title is derived from Sanskrit and collectively means love song, and hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death. Turangalîla is also a study in contrasts: melismatic contrapuntal textures contrast with sustaining, block-like sonorities; loud and empowering orchestral sound contrast with passages of near inaudibility; dense chromaticism with the major mode; mystery with ecstasy; and brightness with darkness.

'The whole work is a song of love' Messiean on Turangalîla-symphonie

Pre-concert talk 6:45pm
Dorien Schampaert discusses this evening's works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 7 Oct 2017 19:30 to 00:00



    Leeds International Concert Season


    Leeds Town Hall,
    The Headrow,
    LS1 3AD



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    By Road: From all directions head into Leeds city centre, upon arrival at the city follow signs for the city loop road (the one way system around the city centre). The Town Hall is found at junction 3 of the loop, and parking is found in nearby streets and The Light car park.

    By Public Transport: From Leeds City Station, exit the station by the Queens hotel. Cross the road to the Park Plaza hotel and head straight up Park Row. Turn left at the crossroads at the junction with The Headrow, the Town Hall is found at the next crossroads. If travelling by bus, from Leeds Bus Station walk up New York Street to Kirkgate Market. Turn right into Vicar Lane and then at the crossroads, turn left to The Headrow. Walk for approximately five minutes and you will arrive outside the Town Hall


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality