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Symphonie fantastique is the centerpiece of this week’s program, with additional audio material included from the Beyond the Score production about the symphony’s genesis. James Ehnes plays a fiery performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, with the concert opening with an overture by Carl Maria von Weber, which the CSO had never performed before. Conductor Stéphane Denève discusses the program in two interviews, and we retrieve a few Berlioz baubles from the vault to close the program, which are led by Sir Mark Elder.

Weber The Ruler of the Spirits Overture
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99
James Ehnes, violin
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Originally recorded at concerts on Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, 2013

Berlioz Queen Mab Scherzo from Roméo et Juliette
Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Originally recorded at concerts on Jan. 5, 7 and 10, 2012

Photo: Geneviève Caron

This program will be available until March 11, 2017

The program notes for the Weber overture, Shostakovich violin concerto, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique may be read here. Program notes for excerpts of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette can be found here.

Performer Biographies

Stéphane Denève

James Ehnes

Sir Mark Elder

These biographies reflect information provided by the artists’ representatives at the time of his or her most recent performance at Symphony Center.  As a result, they may not be up to date. 

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