The Nashville Symphony Performs Tobias Picker’s “The Encantadas”
The Nashville Symphony, led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, performs Tobias Picker’s The Encantadas on March 8-9, 2019 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, featuring the composer as narrator. Tobias Picker draws his text from Herman Melville’s vivid and poetic descriptions of the sea-swept Galapagos Islands he visited in 1841, as part of a whaling voyage he undertook to gather background material for Moby Dick. Each of the six movements evokes a different picture of life in the islands’ equatorial wilderness. The composer capitalizes on the enchantment implicit in Melville’s title and so richly developed in the narration, aptly probing the sinister undercurrent that emerges from the text.
(Tobias Picker/The Encantadas/Houston Symphony Orchestra/
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor/Sir John Geilgud, narrator)
The Encantadas (1983)
for narrator and chamber orchestra
text (avail in En, Sp, Ger, Jap) by Herman Melville