In this family concert, chief conductor Kirill Petrenko presents a forbidden love that ends in hell: the beautiful Francesca is killed by her jealous husband because she has fallen in love with his brother Paolo. Now she and her lover atone for their “offence” with eternal damnation. This story by the Italian poet Dante inspired Tchaikovsky to write his orchestral fantasy Francesca da Rimini – as it allowed him to musically portray so many contrasting moods: the horror and desolation of hell, as well as the heartfelt love of the two protagonists.
Kirill Petrenko conductor and presentation
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Francesca da Rimini, Fantasy for orchestra, op. 32