The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov perform Strauss's music inspired by Don Quixote, a rarity from a Romanian composer and a suite of ballet music by Prokofiev.
One of Richard Strauss’ most theatrical orchestral pieces, a ‘mad set of variations’, illustrates in its music the character of Don Quixote as inhabited by a solo cellist, tonight performed by former BBC New Generation Artist Narek Hakhnazaryan, alongside conductor Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The deftness and invention of the composition makes this an unmissable orchestral showpiece.
And it is prefaced with two less well-known discoveries that nevertheless demonstrate an orchestra’s capacity to render capricious stories through sound. Prokofiev’s music for a Diaghilev ballet ‘Chout’, in which sparky tunefulness and glitter-rich instrumental textures tell “The Tale of the Buffoon who Outwits Seven Other Buffoons”.
And there’s a chance to explore the music of a sadly neglected composer Myriam Marbe. A Romanian polymathic genius, a political dissident in times of turmoil, and a witty and elegant inventor of music which beguiles as it unsettles. Her 1974 piece for strings and percussion “Serenata - Eine kleine Sonnenmusik” fractures and distorts memories of Mozart’s music through effervescent layers of bird-calls and crackling lines of orchestra fizz.
Live from City Halls Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson
Marbe: Serenata - Eine kleine Sonnenmusik
Prokofiev: Chout, Symphonic Suite
8.35 Part 2
Strauss: Don Quixote
Narek Hakhnazaryan (cellist)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)