Finland’s finest return to NWS for classical music’s best dances. Debussy incorporates children’s folk tunes to usher in a shimmering spring in this pastoral tone poem. In one of the finest designs for cello, Henri Dutilleux’s sonorous and enigmatic World demands expert precision and grace throughout its five movements—each based on a poem by Baudelaire. Shortly after fleeing a war-ravaged Europe for America, Rachmaninoff composed his expansive Symphonic Dances. Sprinkling in influences from his new home, he included a nostalgic solo for saxophone and a lurching waltz before its ominous finale. This tour de force would be Rachmaninoff’s final composition, himself claiming “it must have been my last spark.”

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