Christoph Gluck - Overture to Orfeo ed Euridice
Osvaldo Golijov - Last Round
Ross Harris - Fanitullen (written for the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition)
Luigi Boccherini - Symphony No 6 (La casa del diavolo)
Andrew Crooks - Conductor
Martin Riseley - Violin
Ross Harris’ Fanitullen was partly inspired by Scandinavian folk-fiddle playing and Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale. It is said that 'fanitullen' (the devil's tune) was first played by the devil himself who appeared, hooves and all, at a village dance. He grabbed the fiddle and began playing a tune so wonderful that the gathered people continued dancing until they died from exhaustion.
Considered one of the great classical composers of his time, Boccherini was also an extraordinary cellist. His sixth symphony (La casa del diavolo or House of the devil) demonstrates his masterful understanding of string writing with flourishes of devilish fury throughout.
Composer Osvaldo Golijov grew up surrounded by the music of the legendary Argentinian composer, Astor Piazolla. Sharing Piazolla’s passion for tango, Last Round is a posthumous tribute to the tango-king.