Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
conductor Antonio Pappano
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SINFONIA from L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI
1001 NIGHTS IN THE HAREM
symphonic suite OP. 35
Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes
The libretto of L’italiana in Algeri appears to have been based on the story of Antonietta Frapolli, who was kidnapped by corsairs in 1805, and returned to Italy after living in a harem in the Bay of Algiers. Gioachino Rossini’s score exudes a fascination with the Orient which was common in the nineteenth- century arts.
In Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem Sheherazade, a solo violin represents the voice of the Persian queen who every night, for one-thousand- and-one nights, saves her own life, by narrating tales which are so beautiful that she convinces the sultan, her husband, to listen to the sequel the next day. Today, one hundred and twenty years later, Turkish composer Fazıl Say’s 1001 Nights in the Harem recounts the tale in four pictures for violin and orchestra: the harem and the female characters who inhabit it; an evening of feasting and wild dancing; the idleness of the following morning; and a recollection of those oriental sounds.
The soundscape in which violinist Friedemann Eichhorn moves is conjured by traditional Turkish instruments such as the kudüm, bendir, glockenspiel and harp. The concert, the grand finale of the Festival, is entrusted to the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano.
With the patronage of