New Year’s Concert – Waltzes, Opera and Film Music
Antonín Dvořák, Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Jacques Offenbach, Grande Valse from: Les Fées du Rhin
Giuseppe Verdi, Ballabile from: Otello
Jacques Offenbach, Barcarolle from: Les contes d’Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach, Overture from: La belle Hélène
Ottorino Resphigi, II. Tarantella from: La Boutique fantasque (based on music by Rossini)
Dmitri Shostakovich, Waltz No. 2 from: Jazz Suite No. 2
Nino Rota, Suite from: 8 ½
Nino Rota, Suite from: Amarcord
Alberto Ginastera, Danza Final from: Estancia
Johann Strauss Jr., An der schönen blauen Donau
The Belgian National Orchestra kicks off the new year under the baton of American conductor Ryan McAdams. Besides works by the ‘King of Waltz’ Johann Strauss Jr – including the well-known An der schönen blauen Donau – the orchestra will perform several opera and operetta excerpts by Jacques Offenbach and film scores by Nino Rota.
The Franco-German composer Jacques Offenbach is known as the father of the operetta genre. One of his best-known works is La belle Hélène, a parody of the Trojan War. Offenbach also wrote more serious pieces such as the romantic opera Les Fées du Rhin and his magnum opus Les contes d’Hoffmann. The latter work bundles a number of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fantastic tales in a five-part opera with the writer as the (unlucky in love) protagonist. The Barcarole, a Venetian gondola song, opens the fourth act in which Hoffmann meets the courtesan Giulietta in Venice.
Nino Rota has gone down in history as the composer of the film score for The Godfather trilogy and for Federico Fellini’s films. The New Year’s concert will feature music from the Fellini films 8 ½ (about a famous Italian film director who suffers from director’s block) and Amarcord (also autobiographical, about Fellini’s childhood in Fascist Rimini in 1937).
Ryan McAdams, conductor