by Daniel Hathaway
A long line at the Will Call window at Severance on Saturday evening, February 19 meant that a number of Cleveland Orchestra patrons missed hearing Guillaume Connesson’s Flammenschrift, the first item on Stéphane Denève’s program.
By way of consolation, soprano Fatma Said’s luminous singing in Maurice Ravel’s Shéhérazade made up for the delay.
Drawn to the exoticism of The Arabian Nights, in 1904 Ravel wrote both an overture and a three-movement song cycle on poems by Tristan Klingsor. We heard the song cycle, which Caroline Rae described in a Philharmonia Orchestra essay: [Read more…]