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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.
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 BoccheriniChiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 — 1988
An introduction to Saint-Saëns — Danse Macabre op. 40
Danse Macabre op. 40 Preview Only
Camille Saint-SaënsTassis Christoyannis, Markus Poschner, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana — 2016
An introduction to Balakirev — Tamara
Tamara Preview Only
Mily BalakirevValery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra — 2015
An introduction to Falla — El amor brujo (Gitaneria)
El amor brujo (Gitaneria) Preview Only
Manuel de FallaJosep Pons, Orquestra de Cambra Teatre Lliure de Barcelona, Joan Martin — 1990
An introduction to Ravel — La Valse
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Maurice RavelMariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam — 2007