Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov evokes the universe of the collection of tales The Thousand and One Nights in Scheherazade, music that falls partway between a programmatic symphony and a symphonic poem. Without confining himself to a background text that limits the possibilities of interpretation, Rimsky-Korsakov resorts to the impression caused by Scheherazade’s nocturnal narratives on Sultan Shahriar to compose a masterpiece of orchestration and one of the most famous pieces of Russian music. Transparent and colourful, this music recreates a fanciful and enchanting Oriental worldview. Carry on reading
Shakespeare’s tragic love story shapes one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired works, an overture-fantasy that recreates the characters and experiences from the paradigmatic tragedy of doomed love. Conceived as a highly descriptive structure, the musical themes represent the different phases of the plot, reaching one of the most famous climaxes in the history of music, the full presentation of the love theme in the final section of the play.
Canti ed Estasi di Lea (Songs and ecstasy of Lea) is a suite composed from the opera L'enigma di Lea (The enigma of Lea), by Benet Casablancas, premiered in 2019 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. With a text by Rafael Argullol, the ideal of the absolute as a romantic utopia frames the possession of the protagonist by a heavenly being.