“Night on Bald Mountain” provides us not only with tenebrous themes, but also a mysterious story… as the score is dated five years after the composer’s death. Mussorgsky has not finished his work, leaving behind many original versions. His friend Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov put the fragments together, and thus creating one of the most famous musical works of art in the world. As “Night on Bald Mountain” intertwines what’s earthly and heavenly, so does cello concerto “Prières” (Prayers). It is one of the most interesting Polish cello concertos, and its world premiere in 2005 was performed by no one else but Tomasz Strahl. The second part of the evening will be dominated by legends and fairytales: Ravel’s suite “Ma Mère l’Oye” inspired by Charles Perrault’s fairy tales “Tales of My Mother Goose,” and Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem about Till Eulenspiegel based on Saxon folklore.
Fairytales, legends, devils and prayers
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky—“Night on Bald Mountain”—fantasy for orchestra
Piotr Moss—“Prières”—concerto for cello and orchestra
Maurice Ravel—“Ma Mère l’Oye”—suite
Richard Strauss—“Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche”—symphonic poem