CCSO Feb 2015

City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Robert Hodge, Soprano: Susan Gritton

Saturday 9th May

7:30 pm

Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre is the second of the four operas comprising der Ring des Nibelungen, and the ride of the Valkyries is a striking moment in that opera. Immediately after its first performance, the public clamoured to hear it performed as a concert item, and although at first he would not allow that to happen, Wagner relented eventually.

This dramatic opening to the concert is followed by the more nuanced delights of Shéhérazade by Ravel. Rimsky Korsakov’s Sheherazade served as an inspiration for Ravel, but otherwise the works are unconnected. The three songs comprising Ravel’s version of the work will be sung by the internationally acclaimed soprano Susan Gritton, whose celebrated career embraces opera, oratorio and the concert platform as well as an illustrious discography.

Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony is performed far less often than his other orchestral works, as it demands an orchestra of around 120 players, several performing off-stage. The scale and power of this symphony brought its composer notoriety and praise in equal measure. It describes a day’s journey through wild Alpine terrain, an adventure Strauss actually experienced as a young man.

Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
Ravel: Shéhérazade
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Ticket & Booking Information
Adult £18, Concession £16, Student £8, Under 14 £5
ADC Box Office 01223 300085

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