Under immense pressure and tormented by aspirations of becoming the greatest Czech composer, Dvorák delivered a jewel of a seventh symphony: complex, cutting and lucid. Opening the program, Wagner revolutionizes the opera overture with the stormy leitmotif of Der Fliegende Holländer. Montréal-based Simon Bertrand’s refined composition for theremin, a fascinating instrument with a sound somewhere between the human voice and synthesizer, will be performed for the first time by Thorwald Jørgensen and conducted by the brilliant Daniela Candillari.
WAGNER, Der Fliegende Holländer, Overture
Simon BERTRAND, « Cinq moments dans la vie trépidante de Léon Théremine », Theremine Concerto (premiere)
DVOŘÁK, Symphony No. 7