As a prelude to The Turn of the Screw, this evening transports us into the fantastic atmosphere of Henry James' short story. Let's head north to Scotland, to its highlands and lakes bathed in light, where legends seem to be spared by civilisation.
Scottish composer David Horne's The Turn of the Tide (2006) is based on a painting by John Duncan - a white lady fascinated by the sea and who in turn fascinates us. A lover of Celtic legends, labelled a madman by some and a mystic by others, Duncan confessed to painting the melodies of the fairies he secretly heard. From his painting, Horne draws a music as tumultuous as the waves crashing on the rocks.
The magic continues in the song of the violin mingled with the harp in the Scottish Fantasy (1880). The magic of a traditional Scotland that Max Bruch only visited in his dreams. Perhaps the German composer's only mistake was to write a violin concerto at the age of twenty-eight, the success of which would eclipse the rest of his career in the eyes of posterity. Yet the traveler who is willing to climb the towering cliffs of his work will be rewarded with the discovery of breathtaking panoramas.
Mendelssohn's Third Symphony (1842) is among his best-known works. The composer found his chiaroscuro inspiration during a trip to Scotland, where he contemplated the ruins of Mary Stuart's castle, overgrown with ivy and brambles. For one evening, let us call Scotland this country where Nature regains its rightful place over History.
Lorraine National Opera Orchestra
Noah Bendix- Balgley
The Turn of the Tide
Scottish Fantasy in E flat major, opus 56
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, opus 56, so-called Scottish Symphony