Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal's Les mille et une nuits


1 avr. 2008, 14h36m

Mon 31 Mar – Les mille et une nuits

Under the direction of the enthusiastic Yannick Nézet-Séguin the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal (OMGM) presented two pieces by Russian composers. The theme, One Thousand and One Nights, was inspired by the first piece, during which the orchestra was accompanied (if an orchestra can be accompanied) by two dancers. (Anik Bissonnette was the headliner. She was accompanied by Shawn Hounsell, who also choreographed their work.) Some 2500 people filled the Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Montreal's Place des Arts.

The first piece on the programme was Scheherazade by Николай Римский-Корсаков (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). The dancers appeared three times during the work, performing on the apron. As a result, the orchestra itself was located farther back on the stage, which improved its sound, but made it harder to see the individual members. The orchestra's first violin, Denise Lupien, who interpreted Scheherazade's theme during the work, was loudly ovationed by the audience and the dancers alike.

The second half was Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, op. 45. was, perhaps, less successful.

There was hardly any need for dancers: Maestro Nézet-Séguin was almost a one-man dance troupe, as he barely stood still on the podium, gesticulating and jumping to the music...


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