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Fri 30 September 2022
8:00 pm, Elbphilharmonie

We make our Elbphilharmonie debut with a varied programme, placing French music at the centre of the evening. Thomas Ad√®s lays bare the music of Fran√ßois 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.