Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.5 was completed while the composer was visiting Egypt, which explains the exoticism in its second movement, inspired by a love song he heard along the banks of the Nile. The GSO first performed this composition while on tour in Egypt in 2003 with pianist Ahmed Abou-Zahra led by Long Yu, GSO’s newly appointed Music Director. Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a musical portrait of the composer’s despair over unrequited love, is nonetheless filled with passionate imagination. After its premiere, Berlioz did win the heart of his secret love—the actress Harriet Smithson—but the two separated seven years later.

  • Time:2017-07-29 20:00
  • Venue:Symphony Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall
  • Price:¥880/680/480/380/280/180

2016/2017 Music Season Closing Concert
Organizers: Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Xinghai Concert Hall
Xinghai Concert Hall
Long Yu, conductor
Mary Anne Huntsman, piano
Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

Richard Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 (TrV 176)
2.Von den Hinterweltlern
3.Von der großen Sehnsucht
4.Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
5.Das Grablied
6.Von der Wissenschaft
7.Der Genesende
8.Das Tanzlied
9.Das Nachtwandlerlied

—— Intermission ——

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
2.Adagio sostenuto
3.Allegro scherzando

Mary Anne Huntsman, piano

Approx 1 hr and 30 mins incl 20 mins interval.