Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Riccardo Muti conductor
Symphony in C major “Roma”
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov
The Enchanted Lake, symphonic poem Op. 62
Les préludes, symphonic poem No. 3 from Alphonse de Lamartine S 97
«In my head I have a symphony, which I’d like to call Rome[…]. It’s an excellent plan: Venice will be my Andante, Rome my first movement, Florence my Scherzo, and Naples my Finale. It is a new idea, I believe». In 1860, on his way back from a three-year stay at the Villa Medici, Bizet was inebriated by the Italian art and landscapes, and this beauty ideally underpins his unusual score. Liszt, too, had experimented a similar narrative impetus in his symphonic poems, the most famous of which, Les préludes, he “justified” by ascribing its continuous thematic metamorphosis to Lamartine’s Méditations. The same momentum also permeates the evocative “fairy tale scene” written in 1908 by Russian composer Lyadov, a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov and, in his turn, the teacher of Prokofiev. Three musical frescoes which Muti outlines in all their nuances and depth, in a tireless search for perfection.