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Inaugural Concert – sold out

concert number 3



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Queen of the Night, aria from the opera The Magic Flute, KV 620 [2’]
Antonín Dvořák Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém (Moon high and deep in the sky), aria from the opera Rusalka, Op. 114 [6’]
Manuel de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain [23’]
I. En el Generalife (In the Generalife)
II. Danza lejana (Distant dance)
III. En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba)
Hector Berlioz Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath (mov. V) from Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 [10’]

Concert description

After dark, more can happen. Can you imagine a witches’ sabbath held in broad daylight? The last movement of Hector Belrlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique is, without doubt, dark. One hears it already in the ominous sound of the cellos and double basses. Then comes the famous quote from the Dies Irae funeral sequence, introduced by the sombre tones of the bassoons and the tubas. Together, they form a backdrop against which the bells can really reverberate. Would Mozart’s Queen of the Night join a sabbath? Why not! The dream of vengeance on the high priest Sarastro simmering in her heart is very much in tune with the horrifying dance of Berlioz’s witches.

The night, however, also provides shelter for less scary creatures. Only after dark can Dvořák’s naiad Rusalka share her sorrow and sing her tender song for the Prince. Is the sound of the harp a depiction of the bright light of the all-seeing Moon? And what would the Moon see if it peeked into the gardens of Spain? According to Manuel de Falla, those certainly bustle: lovers meet for their trysts, and there is ecstatic, sensual dancing that only ends at the break of dawn.

Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”