Nielsen: Aladdin Suite
Imaginative and ornate. Created by the composer from incidental music for a play, it was perhaps the last music Nielsen heard, in a radio broadcast while on his deathbed.
Ascends into feverish lyricism. Ravel sets to music the poem that helped inspire Rimsky-Korsakov to write his symphonic suite.
Enticing and exotic. Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous work was later adapted into a ballet, controversial in its sensual choreography.