MUSIC

19th July — Tuesday, 9:30pm

 

Young Symphony Orchestra

 

Christopher Bochmann conductor

Hector Berlioz

Ouverture Le Corsaire

 

Max Reger

Variations on a theme by Mozart, op.132

 

Otto Nicolai

Ouverture from The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

Richard Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier Waltz

 

Berlioz’s Ouverture Le Corsaire knew two previous titles: “La Tour de Nice” and “The Red Rover” inspired on the book by James Fenimore Cooper, an North-American writer Berlioz much admired. Only in 1852, by the time the definitive score was about to be printed, Berlioz decided to change the title for a Lord Byron’s tale in verse which narrates the adventures of Conrad, the rebellious corsair. Variations on a theme by Mozart, op.132 , by Max Reger is a sequence of variations for orchestra inspired on the first movement of Mozart’s Piano sonata in A, K.331 and still remains Reger’s most well-known and recorded work. With the Ouverture from The Merry Wives of Windsor an Otto Nicolai’s opera composed in 1849 for the Berlin Staatsoper, our Shakespeare celebration ends here. Der Rosenkavalier Waltz is from Richard Strauss' opera which was premiered with outstanding success in Dresden, in 1901. And in the most Strauss’ mozartean opera who cares the anachronism of a waltz in a time where it still did not exist? Strauss’ music fabulously captures the perfume and sophistication of Empress Marie Therese’s court in Vienna.