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Jaime Laredo, conductor
Vassily Primakov, piano
SAINT-SAENS Danse macabre
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
The 2011/2012 Masterworks season begins with a Halloween-themed program guaranteed to send chills up your spine! In Saint-Saëns’ amusing Danse macabre, the xylophone portrays dancing skeletons, as Death plays on a violin tuned to a devilish pitch. Our frighteningly talented young piano soloist plays Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, whose 24 variations weave an ever more diabolic spell on the listener. The Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) plainchant melody which appears in the Rhapsody also permeates Berlioz’ most famous work, Symphonie fantastique. The large forces required (8 timpani and 2 tubas, for starters) dramatize the composer’s strange and ghoulish visions, culminating in the wild Witches’ Sabbath finale. Feel free to come in costume!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Posted by VSO Rebecca at 3:54 PM