Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 19:45
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Scotchmer
Sue Bint
Vincent Lindsey-Clark - Guitar

Chabrier      España   
Rodrigo      Concierto de Aranjuez                           
De Falla      Ritual Fire Dance
Bizet      Carmen Suites 1 & 2-  Selection
Rimsky Korsakov       Capriccio Espagnol Op 34

Where better to be transported for a summer concert than sunny Spain?  The orchestra performs a programme of music inspired by the sights, sounds and dances of this wonderful country.

Chabrier's rhapsody for orchestra, España is probably his most famous composition and inaugurated the vogue for hispanically-flavoured music which found further expression in Debussy's Iberia and Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole.  Local guitarist Vincent Lindsey-Clark joins the orchestra for Rodrigo's ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez.  Inspired by the gardens at the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the music  transports the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature.  De Falla's Ritual Fire Dance is a movement from his ballet 'The Bewitched Love', depicting a young Andalusian gypsy girl who performs the dance to exorcise the ghost of her dead husband.  The music from Bizet's opera 'Carmen' needs no introduction and the orchestra performs a selection from both suites.  Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol is considered to be a showcase for the composer's brilliant orchestration, containing the finest examples of orchestral virtuosity he ever produced.