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François-Xavier Roth conducts Berlioz, Pintscher and Beethoven featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein

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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins French conductor François-Xavier Roth for the world premiere of the BSO-commissioned un despertar, for cello and orchestra by German composer Matthias Pintscher, with whom Weilerstein has collaborated in the past. Pintscher, also a noted conductor, is a major figure in classical music in both Europe and the U.S. Opening the program is Hector Berlioz's alternately romantic and swashbuckling Le Corsaire Overture, which, as was often the composer's practice, took shape from earlier sketches. The title is an incidental reference to James Fenimore Cooper's The Red Rover ("Le Corsaire rouge"). Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastoral, is his only explicitly programmatic symphony, a fundamentally cheerful work illustrating a sojourn in the countryside.

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François-Xavier   Roth, conductor François-Xavier Roth, conductor Alisa   Weilerstein, cello Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Program Notes Audio
BERLIOZ - Le Corsaire Overture (9 min)
Matthias PINTSCHER - un despertar for cello and orchestra (world premiere; BSO co-commission) (25 min)
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 6, Pastoral (44 min)
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