Grampian Concert Orchestra: Classical Shakespeare

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Ferryhill Church
Fonthill Road
Aberdeen
AB11 6UD

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Grampian Concert Orchestra perform a programme of works inspired by the Bard.

Join Grampian Concert Orchestra under its regular conductor, Tim Tricker, for a short concert containing a varied selection of inspirational and dramatic music. We introduce you tonight to a selection of the many composers who have been inspired by WIlliam Shakespeare's diverse canon of dramas.

The concert begins with Weber's Oberon Overture from the Opera of the same name, which some believe was part of the inspiration for Mendelssohn to write his own famous Shakespeare-inspired work, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Don't miss the gorgeous horn theme!
We then move to Dvorák's concert overture for 'Othello'. The famous Largo is simple and affecting, with the music's aching nostalgia ever present. A dynamic, pulsating scherzo, leads to the the action packed finale with excitement until the close.

Next is a real discovery: the Hamlet Overture by Niels Gade. Although he is not particularly well-known to concert goers, Gade has brought to life a stunningly dramatic depiiction of the tragic revenge of Shakespeare's iconic character. This is a work which deserves much more concert hall exposure.

The penultimate set of pieces, Entr'acte, Epiphalame and Finale, by Gabriel Fauré, are excerpts from a Suite called 'Shylock', which he selected from his exquisite score for the Merchant of Venice adaptation by Edmond Haraucourt.

The finale is Berlioz's depiction of King Lear: the king’s entry to the council chamber, the storm on the heath, the terrible prison scene, and the heartrending lament of Cordelia.

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