Masterclass: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with violinist Bart Vandenbogaerde

cr. Michael Trippel

Concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra guides us through the work based on The Arabian Nights, which demands subtle articulation and careful attention to detail to make its colourful characters come alive. From October 2014

I first heard and saw Scheherazade as a ballet when I was a child. The dancers moving acrobatically across a colourful stage impressed me as much as the sound, and from that moment I  wanted to play the music. In accordance with Imperial Russia’s fascination with the East, Rimsky-Korsakov composed the symphonic poem in 1888 as a collection of episodes based on fairy tales from The Arabian Nights…

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