Eckart Preu, conductor — Aleksey Semenenko, violin
It's been said the best Spanish music is written by French composers. After traveling in Spain, Chabrier wrote España, a colorful work that kicked off the fashion for Hispanic-flavored music. Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, dedicated to violinist Pablo Sarasate, showcases the soloist’s technical brilliance and sensitivity. Debussy's impressionistic Iberia uses lush orchestration to evoke sultry images of Spain. Spanish composer Granados gained fame for his colorful folk dances.