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works by Camille Saint-Saëns and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow

7th Symphony Concert //

Our concert season began with Ravel retelling the tale of Scheherazade with melodic scenes of longing and desire. Now Rimsky-Korsakov sketches the characters more concretely, Scheherazade, the tyrannical sultan, Sinbad the Sailor and the Kalender Prince. The Oriental tales are just as vivid as Rimsky­Korsakov’s colourful instrumentation – a symphonic suite abounding with the opulence of a late­romantic orchestral complement.

Camille Saint-Saëns loved travelling and visited several continents over a period of fourteen years. These countless impressions found their way into his works. In his »Egyptian Concert«, composed during a stay in Luxor, Saint-Saëns enchants the listener with the sounds of the steam engine of a passenger ship, the chirping of the crickets and a Nubian love song. In »Orient et Occident«, the differences between the Eastern and Western world seem to clash at first before gradually blending together in harmony.