Orchestra della Toscana/Joachim Jousse

Città di Castello, Church of San Domenico


Orchestra della Toscana
Joachim Jousse conductor

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale
LÉO DELIBES Lakmé: Invitation à la danse, Entracte
ALBERT ROUSSEL Le Festin de l’araignée op. 17
HECTOR BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini: Ouverture
GIUSEPPE VERDI Aida: Ouverture
JULES MASSENET Thaïs: Meditation
GEORGES BIZET Carmen: extracts from Suite n. 1 e n. 2

In a musical fresco dedicated to the late nineteenth century France, it could not miss a chapter dedicated to the influences of the non-European cultures on the classical music production of that time. The French colonial empire was at its peak in the American continents, Asia and Africa. The relationship with overseas lands was intense, not only from a commercial point of view. In the motherland began to arrive Caribbean rhythms, new traditional melodies of the most distant and unknown countries, in addition to the unusual tones for European people, due to the importation of ethnic instruments, which occurs much less for example, in German or English music in the same period. New keyboard instruments such as the xylophone, the marimba, the tam tam, the gamelan, to name a few, enriched in a decisive way the Western symphony orchestra sound. Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Roussel, Berlioz, Verdi, Massenet and Bizet – the authors proposed in the closing concert of the Festival with the Orchestra della Toscana conducted by the French Joachim Jousse – are some of the composers who witnessed the ‘invasion’ and remaining inevitably fascinated, and who tried to recreate in their language, in their own way, the exotic musical suggestions.