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Lang Lang Plays Saint-Saëns

Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 8 PM

Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique

Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11 AM

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)

Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)

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Piano Concerto No. 2

25 minutes in G minor, Op. 22*

I. Andante sostenuto

II. Allegro scherzando

III. Presto

Lang Lang, piano


Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

20 minutes

55 minutes

I. Reveries — Passions: Largo — Allegro agitato e appassionato assai

II. A Ball: Allegro non troppo

III. In the Country: Adagio

IV. March to the Scaffold: Allegretto non troppo

V. Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath: Larghetto — Allegro

Total approximate running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

* Lang Lang and Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 do not appear on Friday’s program, which will be performed without intermission.


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IN MAY 1868 , when Camille Saint-Saëns gave the first performance of his Second Piano Concerto in Paris, Hector Berlioz was a mortally sick man with less than a year to live. He no longer attended concerts, even though he would certainly have applauded the younger composer’s remarkable talents as pianist and composer. Saint-Saëns had worked conscientiously with Berlioz in preparing the vocal score of the latter’s Lélio (the rarely heard sequel to Symphonie fantastique) in 1855, and he was a regular visitor to the dying composer’s bedside in 1869. Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise was his bible, as it was for Georges Bizet and all younger French composers, who recognized Symphonie fantastique as the work which blew apart the traditions of symphonic writing for the post-Beethoven age.

Berlioz’s special feeling for the orchestra and his quest for new sounds and combinations has often been attributed to the fact that he never learned to play more than a few chords on the piano. He never wrote piano music except as accompaniment for songs. He was a close friend of Franz Liszt, yet he would never write the cascades of notes that made the piano such a popular instrument in the 19th century. For Saint-Saëns, on the other hand, such brilliant feats of pianism were second nature, and he remained a busy concert pianist throughout his long life, touring all over the world. In his 86th year he was still playing his virtuosic Rapsodie d’Auvergne for piano and orchestra.

By a strange irony, the two heavy bells whose tolling creates such a grim background to the Dies irae chant in the last movement of Symphonie fantastique were often unavailable when Berlioz conducted the work himself. On such occasions he would have the part played on a piano, with ponderous double octaves, and the work was even published in that form. — Hugh Macdonald | 3
In the final movement of his Symphonie fantastique, Hector Berlioz creates a rollicking yet nightmarish vision of a witches’ sabbath, similar to the one portrayed in this painting (c. 1797–98) by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.


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Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

BORN : October 9, 1835, in Paris

DIED: December 16, 1921, in Algiers

▶ COMPOSED: 1868

▶ WORLD PREMIERE: May 13, 1868, with the composer at the piano under the direction of Anton Rubinstein

▶ CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PREMIERE: November 3, 1919, with Nikolai Sokoloff and a piano playing from a mechanical roll recorded by Harold Bauer

▶ ORCHESTRATION: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, percussion (cymbals), and strings, plus solo piano

▶ DURATION: about 25 minutes

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS ’S PLACE in the concert repertoire seems assured by such perennial favorites as the “Organ” Symphony, Danse macabre, and Carnival of the Animals. Yet the vast majority of his enormous output is rarely performed nowadays.

Whatever the reasons of this relative neglect, in his own day Saint-Saëns was recognized as an exceptional phenomenon. A child prodigy who composed music starting at age 3 (a feat that, as far as we know, only Mozart had accomplished before him), he grew up to become an adult prodigy whose musicianship was the stuff of legend. He was a pianist of astounding virtuosity and an awesome sight-reader. He used to say that he wrote music like apples grew on a

tree, penning around 300 compositions before his death at age 86. A true Renaissance man, he was versed in astronomy, mathematics, botany, and other scientific subjects. He wrote poetry, a play that was performed with success, and witty essays about diverse musical topics.

Saint-Saëns counted several of the greatest 19th-century musicians among his friends. Hector Berlioz admired his talents, as did Franz Liszt, who gave him much encouragement and promoted the performance of his opera Samson and Delila in Weimar.

Camille Saint-Saëns wrote around 300 compositions during his long career, including operas, symphonies, chamber music, and one of the earliest film scores.

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The story of the G-minor Piano Concerto is typical of the man and the way he worked. As Saint-Saëns later recalled:

“I happened to be at a concert with the great pianist Anton Rubinstein in the Salle Pleyel when he said to me, ‘I haven’t conducted an orchestra in Paris yet. Let’s put on a concert that will give me the opportunity of taking the baton.’

‘With pleasure,’ I answered. We asked when the Salle Pleyel would be free and we were told we should have to wait three weeks. ‘Very well,’ I said. ‘In those three weeks I will write a concerto for the occasion.’ And I wrote the G-minor Concerto which accordingly had its first performance under such distinguished patronage.”

Writing a three-movement concerto in less than three weeks is virtually tantamount to improvisation. The ideas must have come to Saint-Saëns with such a speed that his only difficulty was how to write them down fast enough. The result is a reflection of Saint-Saëns’s amazing facility at writing melodies and his ability to devise coherent musical structures without the slightest effort.

We can imagine Saint-Saëns sitting at the piano beginning to improvise the first movement of this concerto. Having decided on the key — G minor — he strikes the lowest G on the keyboard with its upper octave, and starts playing arpeggios with his right hand, which brings a certain Bach prelude to mind. (We should remember that Saint-Saëns was the organist of the Madeleine Church in Paris at the time of this concerto; it is very likely that he improvised there in Bach’s style on many a Sunday.)

Then, suddenly, Saint-Saëns decides it is time to change centuries, and, without any warning, he launches into a cascade of runs and arpeggios reminiscent of his friend Liszt. The orchestra, silent until now, breaks in with a few chords. But we have yet to hear a real theme, so Saint-Saëns next turns his attention to the invention of a melody. After a measure of introduction, in which we hear the accompaniment alone, a beautiful espressivo melody unfolds. Even this theme could well have been improvised by a musician with SaintSaëns’s skill. What follows, however, would have been hard to perform

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In November 1913, Saint-Saëns gave a concert at Paris’s Salle Gaveau, a performance that would mark one of his last public appearances as a soloist.

without a great deal of practicing, even though it may have been just as easy to conceive mentally.

The same lightness of touch and facility of invention characterize the second and third movements. The second-movement Allegro scherzando is one of the most popular things SaintSaëns ever wrote. Its nimble first melody jumps and prances along in good cheer. There is a second theme of a more cantabile (songlike) character. The whole movement consists of the free and happy alternation of the two themes.

secure in performance. He played it many more times over the years at concerts including a memorable one in London in 1893 where he shared the program with Tchaikovsky. (Both composers were in England at the time to receive honorary degrees from Cambridge University.)

In the early 1900s, the septuagenarian Saint-Saëns visited the United States on a concert tour that was a great personal triumph. At this point, he again had problems with performing his Second Concerto. As he wrote in his article “Impressions of America”:

The ideas [for the Second Piano Concerto] must have come to Saint-Saëns with such a speed that his only difficulty was how to write them down fast enough.

The sparkling third movement is based on the rhythm of the Italian tarantella dance. Like the second movement, it has two main themes that take turns; the relentless drive of the music continues unabated to the end.

Although Saint-Saëns was able to complete the concerto in just 17 days, mastering the technical difficulties of his own work was another matter. “I played very badly,” he wrote after the first performance, “and, except for the scherzo, which was an immediate success, it did not go well.” Opinion changed rapidly, however, once Saint-Saëns became more

“I had to endeavor to recover my fingering of past days in order to play my Concerto in G minor which everybody wished to hear interpreted by the composer. This did not please me by any means, for nowadays young pianists play it better than I do. … Well then, I played the G minor [in] Washington before President [Theodore] Roosevelt who, after receiving me most affably, did me the rare and signal honor of coming to listen to my playing.”

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Peter Laki is a musicologist and frequent lecturer on classical music. He is a visiting associate professor of music at Bard College.
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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

BORN : December 11, 1803, in La Côte-Saint-André, Isère, France

DIED: March 8, 1869, in Paris

▶ COMPOSED: 1830

▶ WORLD PREMIERE: December 5, 1830, at the Paris Conservatoire, conducted by François-Antoine Habeneck

▶ CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PREMIERE: April 10, 1924, at Masonic Auditorium with Nikolai Sokoloff conducting

▶ ORCHESTRATION: 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling English horn), 2 clarinets (1st doubling E-flat clarinet), 4 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, percussion (cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, bells), 2 harps, and strings

▶ DURATION: about 55 minutes

WHEN A NEW YORK NEWSPAPER in 1868 described Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique as “a nightmare set to music,” it was meant to be an insult. Yet this was exactly what Berlioz intended —  not that the critic should have a miserable evening, but that the listener should grasp the nightmarish agonies of the composer’s own experience.

Of Berlioz’s suffering there can be no doubt. One has only to read his letters from 1829 (when Berlioz was 25 years old) to glimpse the torment of a composer whose mind was bursting with musical ideas and whose heart was bleeding.

The object of his passion was an Irish actress, Harriet Smithson, whom Berlioz had seen on the stage two years

before in the roles of Juliet and Ophelia. Since then, he had viewed her only at a distance, while she was still unaware of his very existence. How was this all-consuming passion to be expressed? His first thought, naturally enough, was a dramatic Shakespeare setting, perhaps Romeo and Juliet, for which he composed, it seems, a few movements. He then set several of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies to music, evoking the land of her birth. Once he had encountered Beethoven’s symphonies, especially the “Eroica” (which impressed him just as strongly as Shakespeare), he liked the idea of writing a Beethovenian symphony — excluding the customary triumphant ending that found no parallel in his own world.

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The dilemma was resolved early in 1830 when he was informed, evidently by a new aspirant to the role of lover, that Smithson was free and easy with her favors and in no way worthy of the exalted passion that consumed him day and night. Now, he suddenly realized, he could represent this dramatic episode in his life as a program symphony, with a demonic, orgiastic finale in which both he and she are condemned to hell.

The symphony was speedily written down in little more than three months and performed for the first time later that year. It became a main item in Berlioz’s many concerts in the 1830s, for each of which he issued a printed program explaining the symphony’s narrative.

Although the symphony is explicitly about an artist and his beloved, it borrows from Romeo and Juliet and more obviously from his own obsession with Smithson. Even after Berlioz had, by a strange irony, met and married Smithson three years later — it was not a happy union, however — the symphony’s dramatic program remained. There are few similar episodes to this extraordinary tale of love blooming in real life after it had been violently repudiated and exorcized in a work of art.

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The Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz paved the way for radical new approaches to musical storytelling in the Romantic era.

or obsession, which represents the artist’s love and is transformed according to the context in which the artist finds his beloved. After a slow introduction (Reveries), which depicts “the sickness of the soul, the flux of passion, the unaccountable joys and sorrows … before he saw his beloved,” the idée fixe is heard as the main theme of the opening movement’s Allegro section (Passions), with violins and flute lightly accompanied by sputtering lower strings. The surge of passion is aptly described in the later volcanic eruptions of the first movement, although it ends in an unexpected picture of religious consolation.

For nearly two centuries, Symphonie fantastique has remained a classic document of the Romantic era and a great virtuoso piece for orchestra ...

In the second movement (A Ball), the artist glimpses his beloved amidst a crowd of whirling dancers. A solo cornet evokes the ballroom music of Berlioz’s day and harps are introduced into the symphony orchestra for the first time. In the third movement (Scene in the Country), two shepherds call to each other on their pipes, with the music depicting the stillness of a summer evening in the country, the artist’s passionate melancholy, the wind caressing the trees, and the agitation caused by the

beloved’s appearance. At the end, the lone shepherd’s pipe is answered only by the rumble of distant thunder.

In his despair, the artist has poisoned his beloved and is condemned to death. The fourth movement portrays the March to the Scaffold, as he is led to the guillotine before the raucous jeers of the crowd. In his last moments, he sees the beloved’s image (the idée fixe in the clarinet’s highest range) before the blade falls.

In the final movement (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath), the artist finds himself a spectator at a sinister gathering of specters and weird, mocking monsters of every kind. The idée fixe appears —  horribly distorted by the squeaky highpitched E-flat clarinet — bells toll, and the religious Dies irae (Day of wrath) chant is coarsely intoned by bassoons and tubas (originally written for ophicleide, a lower-pitched keyed bugle). The witches’ round-dance gathers momentum and eventually joins together with the Dies irae before the symphony ends in a riot of brilliant orchestral sound.

For nearly two centuries, Symphonie fantastique has remained a classic document of the Romantic era and a great virtuoso piece for orchestra, melding music, literature, poetry, imagination, and personal experience into a sensational drama — a drama of the senses and of uninhibited emotion, bursting with life. — Hugh Macdonald

Hugh Macdonald is Avis H. Blewett Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University in St. Louis. He has written books on Beethoven, Berlioz, Bizet, and Scriabin, as well as Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year

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Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2023–24 season marks his 22nd year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. With the future of their acclaimed partnership extended to 2027, he will be the longest-serving musical leader in the ensemble’s history. The New York Times has declared Cleveland under WelserMöst’s direction to be “America’s most brilliant orchestra,” praising its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion.

With Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has been praised for its inventive programming, ongoing support of new music, and innovative work in presenting operas. To date, the Orchestra and Welser-Möst have been showcased around the world in 20 international tours together.

In the 2023–24 season, Welser-Möst is a featured Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he leads The Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic as part of the series, Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice.

In addition to his commitment to Cleveland, Welser-Möst enjoys a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic as a guest conductor. He has conducted its celebrated New Year’s Concert three times, and regularly leads the orchestra

at home in Vienna, as well as on tours.

Welser-Möst is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival where he has led a series of acclaimed opera productions, including Rusalka, Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio, Die Liebe der Danae, Reimann’s opera Lear, and Richard Strauss’s Salome. In 2020, he conducted Strauss’s Elektra on the 100th anniversary of its premiere. He has since returned to Salzburg to conduct additional performances of Elektra in 2021 and Giacomo Puccini’s Il trittico in 2022.

In 2019, Welser-Möst was awarded the Gold Medal in the Arts by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. Other honors include The Cleveland Orchestra’s Distinguished Service Award, two Cleveland Arts Prize citations, the Vienna Philharmonic’s “Ring of Honor,” recognition from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, honorary membership in the Vienna Singverein, appointment as an Academician of the European Academy of Yuste, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America. | 19 THE CONDUCTOR
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Lang Lang, piano

Lang Lang is a leading figure in classical music today — as a pianist, educator, and philanthropist he has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century. Equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing or for just a few hundred school children, he is a master of communicating through music.

Heralded by The New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, and Daniel Barenboim, and performs with all the world’s top orchestras. Lang Lang frequently steps into different musical worlds; his performances at the Grammy Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock were watched by millions of viewers.

In 2008, he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s pianists, championing music education, and building a young audience. In 2013 Lang Lang was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace focusing on global education.

Lang Lang started playing the piano at age 3, and won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at 13. He subsequently studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman. Lang Lang’s big break came at 17, when he substituted

in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Lang Lang’s boundless drive to attract new audiences to classical music has brought him tremendous recognition. He was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos, was named one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, and holds honors from the People’s Republic of China, Germany, and France. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from London’s Royal College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. In 2016, Lang Lang was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents and monarchs from many nations. Visit and langlang for more information.

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Richard Stout


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Nathalie C. Spence and Nathalie S. Boswell Chair

TIMPANI vacant


Marc Damoulakis*

Margaret Allen Ireland Chair

Thomas Sherwood

Tanner Tanyeri


Carolyn Gadiel Warner

Marjory and Marc L. Swartzbaugh Chair


Michael Ferraguto

Joe and Marlene Toot Chair

Donald Miller

Gabrielle Petek


Elizabeth Ring and William Gwinn Mather Chair

Blossom-Lee Chair

Virginia M. Linsdseth, PhD, Chair

Paul and Lucille Jones Chair

Charles M. and Janet G.

Kimball Chair

Sunshine Chair

Otto G. and Corinne T. Voss Chair

Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker Chair

Rudolf Serkin Chair


Christoph von Dohnányi


Daniel Reith


Sidney and Doris Dworkin Chair

Lisa Wong


Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Chair

* Principal

§ Associate Principal

1 First Assistant Principal

2 Assistant Principal

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