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We make our Elbphilharmonie debut with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, performed from memory.

Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Alexandre Tharaud piano
Nicholas Collon


Fri 30 September 2022, 8pm (CEST)
Grosser Saal, Elbphilharmonie
Tickets €12-€95 (plus booking fee)

We make our Elbphilharmonie debut with a varied programme, placing French music at the centre of the evening. Thomas Adès lays bare the music of François Couperin, fragments of the past meeting the present in kaleidoscopic explosions of colour. Alexandre Tharaud joins us for Ravel’s Piano Concerto. Jazz, classical and folk influences interweave in a masterpiece Ravel wrote not to be profound but to entertain.

Waltz through a glittering ball, enter a feverish dream, march to your own execution, and spin into dark delirium at a witches’ sabbath. Take on the opium-infused visions of a tortured artist haunted by unrequited passion in this of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, this epoch-making work unfolds as a cinematic fantasy full of wild imagination and demonic madness – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. Premiered at the BBC Proms in 2019 as one of the most talked-about orchestral events of the past decade, we bring it across the water to make our debut at the Elbphilharmonie.