The BSO's last Fantasy Concert was a huge success, with great music such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Firebird Suite. A number o... more
Borodin Overture Prince Igor
Bruch Scottish Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra
Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
After the sudden death of Borodin, Prince Igor was completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and his pupil, Glazunov. The Overture is almost entirely Glazunov's work and contains some brilliant orchestration. Based on Scottish folk melodies, Bruch's nostalgic Scottish Fantasy was described by Bernard Shaw as 'better than his concertos'! The Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is considered by many to be Vaughan-Williams's finest orchestral work and leaves the listener wondering to what era or school the music belongs. Gluck's ethereal and haunting Dance of the Blessed Spirits takes us to the warm climes of Greece and its mythology. Telling the tale of Princess Aurora, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite is a perennial favourite.