ROMANTIC EVENING IN FRANCE
Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 8 p.m.
Meridian Centre – George Weston Recital Hall
5040 Yonge St, Toronto
Daniel Wnukowski performs César Franck’s Symphonic Variations, a late-Romantic cyclic work in three parts in which the main theme grows and transforms into the thematic material of subsequent movements. Vincent D’Indy’s Symphonie sur un Chant Montagnard Français (Symphony on a French Mountain Air) begins with a pentatonic folk tune—which d’Indy heard in a French village overlooking the Cévennes—that then becomes the thematic basis for the subsequent movements. Closing the program is Georges Bizet’s Symphony in C: a youthful work composed at the Paris Conservatory when Bizet was only seventeen, Symphony in C shares similarities to the work of Bizet’s teacher, Charles Gounod, but has been hailed as a masterpiece of the Romantic repertoire.
7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital.
7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk.
Intermission discussion and Q&A with Daniel Vnukowski.
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Franck, Symphonic variations for piano and orchestra
D’Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard Français
Bizet, Symphony in C