L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2 / 35’
Selections from Carmen Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / 19’
Boléro / 13’
Ah, la belle Français. An evening of French glamour, passion and, yes, joie de vivre. What’s not to like? Throw in theatre, opera and ice skating and what more could you want from a night out?
Well, there’s our fabulous orchestra – although not sure, to be honest, how many are ice skaters but we’d like to think that they are glamourous and passionate. And ‘life-affirming’ (Bachtrack) principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. Don’t ever say we don’t spoil you.
Spring taking a while to make itself felt? Don’t worry: Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suites will transport you to a dreamy realm of sylvan delight as light and airy as a scented summer breeze, as muscular and earthy as Gerard Depardieu.
Stand back ladies and gentlemen, Carmen is in the room. Bizet’s operatic heroine is a wholly irresistible force of nature with music to match. Set in Spain it might be (yes, there’s a swarthy Toreador and sweltering heat that might be the sun or simply passion at boiling point) but it’s thrown off with a flair and finesse that only the French have.
We dare you to try to resist the hypnotic pull of Ravel’s Boléro – the only piece of classical music to make Olympic history (just Google Torvill and Dean) – and an unmissable chance for the orchestra to show off in music that will bypass your ears and inject itself straight into your bloodstream.
“RTÉ NSO AND NATHALIE STUTZMANN – LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT”
The Irish Times
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