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This preview has been provided by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle
"Masks and Fairytales"
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W. Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701
From the glories of Mendelssohn's "Psalm 42" and the charm of Faure, to the lush harmonies of Debussy, the COT's season finale explores an emotional range of musical beauty.
Like so much of Debussy, "La demoiselle Elui" is suffused with a sensuous color that both titillated and scandalized the critics of the day. That sensuous beauty is certainly not lost on the modern audience or modern performers, as the soaring voices of Ms. Moore and the Concert Singers of Cary plumb the emotional depths of the Blessed Damozel's cries for a heavenly reunion with her lover, left behind on earth.
Called by Schumann the greatest work of sacred music composed by Mendelssohn, the finest church music of recent memory (in 1837), "Psalm 42" is the composer at his most profound. The words of the psalm prepare one for music of incomparable beauty: "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God". With great choruses and glorious soprano solos, "Psalm 42" is indeed some of the finest choral/orchestral music ever composed.
Commissioned by the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Chen-Yi's Caramoor's Summer is a look at America through a Chinese lens. With sweeping pastoral melodies inspired by great American landscapes, Ms. Chen's tone poem makes us ask the question "What does America really sound like?"
Finally Faure's orchestral suite of 1919 extracts four movements from his one act ballet, "Masques et bergamasques" into an enchanting piece, one of his last. Interestingly the ballet music borrowed much from his early work including his 1869 symphony which was abandoned, unpublished. Three movements of the orchestral suite come from that symphony while one movement is entirely new, bookends to a long career (age 25 to age 74).
The concert is conducted by Artistic Director and Conductor Lorenzo Muti and by Assistant Conductor Niccolo Muti. As always, Maestro Muti has conceived a thrilling and intriguing finale to the season