Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Debussy, Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra live at the Lighthouse in Poole. Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune. Lalo: Symphonie espagnole. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade.
Live from the Lighthouse in Poole, James Gaffigan conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole (with violin soloist Alexandra Soumm) and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
Introduced by Martin Handley
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
8.25 pm Interval
Alexandra Soumm (violin)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan (conductor)
Debussy's seductive painting of a languid, sun-drenched Sicilian afternoon marked a turning point in musical history, with its tantalising veil of hypnotic colours and textures conjuring up the lustful dream of a flute-playing satyr. Lalo's Symphonie espagnole was an instant hit from its premiere in 1875 with Pablo de Sarasate in the concerto-like solo violin role. Tchaikovsky loved it, writing "It is so fresh and light, and contains piquant rhythms and melodies which are beautifully harmonised." Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade consisted of "separate, unconnected episodes and pictures" as the composer himself put it, from The Arabian Nights: snapshots, in other words, of a world he never knew - a triumph of imagination over experience!.