BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 8 p.m.
CBC Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front St. W, Toronto
Under the baton of David Perez-Olmedo, who makes his Canadian conducting début, 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; one of the composers earliest symphonic works, Symphony in C was composed at the Paris Conservatory when Bizet was only seventeen. The symphony 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 David Perez-Olmedo.
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Franck, Symphonic variations for piano and orchestra
D’Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard Français
Bizet, Symphony in C