About the Concert
Fairy tales and myths have inspired composers throughout the ages - in this concert there are three opportunities to experience plots set to music. Prokofiev's "Love for Three Oranges," with its anarchic wit and ravishingly playful music, is one of the most entertaining opera compositions of the last century. Entertaining in the best sense is also Fauré's music for the drama about Pelléas and Mélisande, which was virtually en vogue in the music world at the beginning of the 20th century. Fauré found his very own voice for it - his suite is a symphonic masterpiece that intensely interprets the drama's shimmering mystical abysmalness. Finally, the orchestral climax of the program is reached with "Bacchus et Ariane," in which Roussel proves himself a master of the grand form and makes us emphatically aware that he is one of the composers of the past century who is far too little known in this country.