O. RESPIGHI: Antiche Danze ed Arie, Suite No. 3
E. GRIEG: Holberg Suite, Op. 40
P.I. TXAIKOVSKI: The Nutcracker (Suite), Op. 71a (For string orchestra)
Franz Schubert Filharmonia
Krzysztof Wisniewski, concertino-conductor
The Suite is a musical composition made up of a set of dances that follow one another, often with an opening. This form, due to its rhythmic and virtuoso component, has traditionally been one of the most loved by both the public and the composers themselves.
The Holberg Suite was originally composed for piano, but a year later was adapted for orchestra. The suite consists of an introduction and a set of neoclassical dances, where Grieg evoked the style and grace of Baroque music.
In the second part, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite will be performed. Prior to the premiere of the Ballet of the same name, based on a Christmas fairy tale written by Alexandre Dumas, Tchaikovsky selected eight of the ballet’s numbers to form a Suite designed to be played in concert. The Suite was played under the direction of the composer on March 19, 1892, at a meeting of the section of the Musical Society in St. Petersburg.
While this Suite, was a huge success, and achieved immediate acceptance and popularity, it was not so with the entire ballet, which would not achieve its well-deserved reward until decades later, becoming one of the ballets. most loved by fans.