- Rachmaninoff’s Third
- Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Takuo Yuasa conducting
Piotr I. Tchaikovski Abertura Fantasia de Romeu e Julieta
Sergei Rachmaninoff Sinfonia nº 3
Undoubtedly no other artist has been able to express the emotions of passion and tenderness as well as Tchaikovsky in his symphonic poem Romeo and Juliet. Filled with contradictory and extreme emotions, this Fantasia Overture goes through the key moments of the most famous love story, depicting Friar Laurence’s compassion, the hatred between the rival families - Capulets and Montagues - and the love between the two youngster - Romeo and Juliet. The passage from the dark sonorities that announce the tragic end of the story to the wide luminosity that represents the purity of Romeo and Juliet’s sentiments is one of the most brilliant moments of Tchaikovsky’s piece. This Russian program also highlights Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony, a cyclical work of great thematic unity in which the quotation from Dies Irae – the fetish subject of the composer – conveys a tragic sense that is in perfect harmony with the rest of the program.