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Thursday, 4 May 2017
Exeter Cathedral

Once again, the BSO returns to Exeter Cathedral for an atmospheric season finale. Scheherazade consisted of “separate, unconnected episodes and pictures” as Rimsky-Korsakov himself put it, from The Arabian Nights: snapshots, in other words, of a world he never knew. It is a triumph of imagination over experience; a feast of sumptuous colours and brilliant instrumental effect by the man who literally wrote the book on orchestration.