Imagine yourself in the rolling countryside of France in this evening of romantic and passionate music. Under the dynamic direction of internationally acclaimed guest conductor Andrey Boreyko, the NAC Orchestra welcomes French pianist Lise de la Salle, a young musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity who is dazzling audiences around the world.
The evening begins with Gabriel Fauré’s beautifully tender Prelude to Pelléas and Mélisande, incidental music written to accompany the play of the same name about doomed and forbidden love. Then, Lise de la Salle makes her NAC debut, performing French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s delightful Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the greatest French works for piano and orchestra.
Widely recognized as one of the finest composers of the Romantic era, Edvard Grieg wrote his one and only symphony at the tender age of 20. The story goes that, after hearing a work by fellow countryman Johan Svendsen, Grieg was so unsure of his symphony that he tucked it away with a note saying “Must never be performed.” Fortunately, this beautiful and sweeping work has found its way into the light of day for its first performance by the NAC Orchestra.