Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos - Conductor
Lise de la Salle - Piano
Beethoven - Overture to King Stephen
Beethoven - Symphony No. 8
Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 2
Respighi - The Pines of Rome
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Perennial audience favorite Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos made his Philadelphia Orchestra (and United States) debut in 1969. This program kicks off a two-week residency, the second of which includes his 150th performance with the Orchestra in Philadelphia. Each season Maestro Frühbeck brings programs that delight and inspire the most exceptional music-making from our Fabulous Philadelphians. This program builds to a boisterous close with Respighi’s epic tone poem The Pines of Rome. This piece is a feast of sound as the orchestra is augmented by organ, a battery of percussion, recorded bird calls, and antiphonal brass choirs throughout the hall. It is a wonderful contrast to the light and humorous Eighth Symphony of Beethoven. The exceptional pianist Lise de la Salle makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut with Liszt’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2.