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Friday concert: Ravel, Rimskij-Korsakov, Williams

Maurice Ravel and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov loved the world of fairy tales, as can be imagined by the musical genius of filmmakers John Williams. In, Ravel wishes his dead friends a perfect dream world while Rimsky-Korsakov Le Tombeau de Couperin evokes the fairy-tale mystique of the East in the symphonic suite Scheherazade. Williams plays fabulously with a huge instrument in his Concerto for tuba and orchestra.


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) composed the six movements in the piano suite Le Tombeau de Couperin between 1914 and 1917. Each is dedicated to the memory of a friend (or at least two brothers) who all died in battle during the First World War. The work is a tribute to the sensitivity of the French Baroque. Ravel's work is entertaining and light-hearted, almost delightfully fabulous and at times reflective. When someone criticized him for this, he must have replied: The dead are sad enough in their eternal silence. Ravel himself orchestrated four of the movements in 1919, the two remaining, number 2 and no. 6 were first orchestrated 10 years ago by the British composer Kenneth Hesketh.

John Williams (b. 1932), The Tuba Concerto is a playful work in three movements without a break where the tuba, the largest brass instrument, is at the center. In the work, both the technique and the tonal breadth of the tuba as well as its musicians are emphasized. Yes, the work makes almost acrobatic demands on the tuba player, humming, mysterious and exciting, and at the same time light-hearted and melodic, even jazzy. During tonight's concert, Malmö Opera Orchestra's solo tuba player Antonio Neilley-Menendez de Llano excels.

The Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) had a special fondness for fairy tales and folklore and was particularly fascinated by the East. This is evident not least in the symphonic suite Scheherazade from 1888, based on the Arabic fairy tale collection Thousand and One Nights - in itself a fairy tale about a storyteller. The suite is beautifully orchestrated, large romantic with evocative mood-saturated orchestral sounds: one of Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular works and belonging to the classical standard repertoire.

Maurice Ravel
Le Tombeau de Couperin Svit för orkester

John Williams
Konsert för tuba och orkester

Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov
Scheherazade, symfonisk suite op. 35 


SOLIST Théophile Hartz, oboe
SOLIST Antonio Neilley-Menendez de Llano  
DIRIGENT Davide Levi 

Malmö Opera Orchestra