The final broadcast of the 2015 Symphonies of Iowa series begins with Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, an opera based on the legendary accursed sea-captain, doomed to sail the seven seas until Judgment Day for his blasphemy. The overture is followed by Debussy’s Nocturnes, an impressionist work that experiments in musical color. The third movement, Sirènes, uses a wordless women’s chorus to portray the mythical Siren’s songs from the sea.
Respighi’s Fountains of Rome paints tonal scenes evoking the historical and dazzling fountains and aqueducts of the ancient city. The concert concludes with Debussy’s La Mer, a three movement work depicting different images and events at sea.
Tim Hankewich, conductor
WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
RESPIGHI The Fountains of Rome
DEBUSSY La Mer
(Concert recorded June 6, 2015)