Ma Mère l’Oye
Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra
Symphony No. 7 in A major
Under the direction of resident conductor Michael Laus, the orchestra tackles Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) suite, inspired by popular fairy tales, before its principal double bass Gjorgji Cincievski takes up a solo role for Sankey’s Carmen Fantasy, inspired by Bizet’s famous opera.
At its première, which he himself had conducted, Beethoven was noted as remarking that his Seventh Symphony to be one of his best works. Its second movement, which was encored that day, proved to be particularly popular.