Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conducted by PETER MONTGOMERY
Saint-Saens' Algerian Suite is one of the composer's most picturesque and attractive works. It consists of a series of impressions of Algiers.
The first movement is a prelude descriptive of a view of Algiers, seen in panorama from the bridge of a ship. Sounds from the shore are heard, amongst them the call to Allah. At the end of the movement, the ship lias arrived in harbour.
The second movement is a Moorish
Rhapsody. In one of the numerous Moorish cafés of the old town, the Arabs join in their national dance, by turns sensuous or savage, to the sound of flutes, rebecs, and tambourines.
The third movement, probably the best known in the Suite, arranged as it has been in many different forms, is the Evening Reveries, at Blidab, Under the palm trees of an oasis, in the perfumed night, there is heard from afar off a love song with a caressing refrain from a flute.
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