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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Mon 1 January 0001 - Sat 7 October 2017
Victoria Hall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits - conductor
Steven Osborne- piano
Cynthia Millar – Ondes Martenot

Bizet – Symphony in C
Messiaen – Turangalîla-symphonie

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dorien Schampaert

Considered Bizet’s finest orchestral score, the Symphony in C lay undiscovered for 80 years - unperformed in the composer’s lifetime. A fresh, uninhibited piece, the young Bizet (seventeen at the time) was yet to cement his place in history with his opera Carmen. Little did he know this four movement work, often described as a French Schubert, would become a staple of the Romantic era.

Arguably the greatest twentieth-century French composer after Debussy, Messiaen composed his monumental Turangalîla-symphonie (Speed of Life) as a hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death; as he declared: ‘The whole work is a song of love’. Deemed one of the most important pieces of the 20th century it is both a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, moving from Hollywood horror to ethereal serenity, and requiring a huge orchestra, with multiple percussionists, brass and winds alongside the electronic ondes martenot – an instrument familiar to fans of Hitchcock’s soundtracks.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performs in a season that leads to its 125th Anniversary – an illustrious history which has seen it work with some of the greatest names in classical music, tour the world and inspire generations of music makers and music lovers


A £37.10, B £34.98, C £30.74, D £24.38, E £18.02, O £13.78
Discounts available

Tickets & Times

  • The whole work is a song of love.
    Messiaen on Turangalîla-symphonie