Wild and Infernal Dances

feat. Boccherini, Saint-Saëns, Balakirev, de Falla & Ravel

Music has often been thought of as bringing order and calm to a troubled world.

Here, though, we introduce works which subvert that very quality, either creating mischief – as in Saint-Saëns’s “Danse macabre” – or even containing the seeds of its own destruction, as in Ravel’s ‘La valse’. It is not just French composers, though, who have all the diabolical fun. In this collection we introduce three composers from outside France, all new to Grammofy: the Italian Luigi Boccherini, widely associated with elegant chamber music, but here heard in altogether more disturbing guise; then there’s the genius behind the so-called “Mighty Handful”, the Russian Mily Balakirev, who is represented by one of his greatest orchestral masterpieces; and finally, there’s the great Spaniard Manuel de Falla, once described by his friend Poulenc as “the purest kind of mystic”, who yet dared to plunge into gypsy-style witchcraft in ‘El amor brujo’, which we will hear in its original form.

Curation: Daniel Jaffé

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Wild and Infernal Dances

  • An introduction to Boccherini — Symphony in d minor G 506 op. 12 No. 4 »La casa del diavolo«

  • Symphony in d minor G 506 op. 12 No. 4 »La casa del diavolo« Preview Only

    Luigi Boccherini

    Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 4151988
  • An introduction to Saint-Saëns — Danse Macabre op. 40

  • Danse Macabre op. 40 Preview Only

    Camille Saint-Saëns

    Tassis Christoyannis, Markus Poschner, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana2016
  • An introduction to Balakirev — Tamara

  • Tamara Preview Only

    Mily Balakirev

    Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra2015
  • An introduction to Falla — El amor brujo (Gitaneria)

  • El amor brujo (Gitaneria) Preview Only

    Manuel de Falla

    Josep Pons, Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure de Barcelona, Joan Martin1990
  • An introduction to Ravel — La Valse

  • La Valse Preview Only

    Maurice Ravel

    Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam2007

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