BSO Concert Hall

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Kirill Karabits
CONDUCTOR

Steven Osborne
PIANO

Cynthia Millar
ONDES MARTENOT



BIZET
Symphony in C

MESSIAEN
Turangalîla-symphonie

Named from two Sanskrit words, turanga and lîla, meaning roughly ‘time’ and ‘love’, Turangalîla features 'non-retrogradable' rhythmic patterns – those that are the same played forwards as backwards – and four distinct musical themes, described by Messiaen as the ‘statue theme’, named for the threatening images on ancient Mexican monuments, the slow, quiet ‘flower theme’, the central and most significant ‘love theme’ and a final theme of opposing chords that produces crossing counterpoints in the orchestra.

Messiaen wanted to create a "love song and hymn of joy, time, movement, rhythm, life, and death.” This inventive piece is like no other – a work of huge structural scope that strives to convey, from most tender to most wild, its basic theme: love. Written in a single month, Bizet’s polished gem of a symphony is remarkable not so much for its originality, but for its skilful reworking of others’ designs. It is a brilliant work that shows a grasp of unity and overall design that was remarkable for a seventeen-year old composer.

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