Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 30, 2019 at 10:21 am
By Edward Reichel

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was Thierry Fischer’s audition piece when the Utah Symphony was looking to replace outgoing music director Keith Lockhart. His performance was a resounding success with the audience and, more importantly, with the search committee. That was a decade ago, and in the years since Fischer has conducted what is unquestionably Berlioz’s best-known work several times with the Utah Symphony.

Symphonie fantastique is on the program once again this weekend, and it will be interesting to see how Fischer tackles what has become one of his signature works. Both of this weekend’s performances will be recorded for Hyperion for an all-Berlioz disc. Also on this weekend’s program are J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 5 and 6 and Pierre Boulez’s Initiale.

The concerts will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Abravanel Hall.; 801-355-2787.

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