Program 4: Georges Pretre Conducts Francks Symphony in D Minor

“It’s never just one way”, explains Georges Prêtre before the concert broadcast (recorded in 2011) when the orchestra’s musicians made him an honorary life member. “I have a special rapport with the Filarmonica: I ask and they always respond. I am a pianist but the orchestra is the most extraordinary instrument: an instrument made up of a hundred artists.” The first part of the programme includes Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a natural piece for Prêtre, undoubtedly the most authoritative interpreter of traditional French music today. It is followed by the symphonic poems of Ottorino Respigh, Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma, the most popular Italian symphonic pieces because of their cinematographic descriptive qualities combined with spectacular orchestral virtuosity.

Conductor Georges Prêtre
145 minutes
César Franck, Symphony in D minor
Ottorino Respighi, Fontane di Roma
Ottorino Respighi, Pini di Roma


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