Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42
I. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro con spirito
Le festin de l'araignee, Op. 17
A garden. - Sitting in her web, a spider surveys the surroundings
Entry of the ants. - They find a rose petal. - With great effort they lift
Left alone, the spider daydreams and watches the landscape. - She checks the strength of her thread.
Entry of the dung beetles.
The ants return. - They prepare to carry another petal, when a butterfly appears.
Dance of the butterfly. - The spider invites the butterfly to dance closer to her web. - The butterfly is caught in the web and struggles.
The spider rejoices. - She frees the butterfly from her web and takes it to her larder.
The spider dances. - Suddenly fruits come crashing down from a tree.
Fruit worms enter and prepare to revel in the fallen fruits.
Warlike entry of two praying mantises who lift their frightening blades and forbid anyone to approach.
The ants dance in a circle. - The two mantises blame each other for the trick which was played upon them.
The mantises challenge each other to a duel. - They fight. - The spider dances in order to make the mantises more excited.
A mayfly hatches.
The mayfly stops, exhausted. - The ants, the spider and finally the dung beetles pay their respects.
The mayfly and the fruit worms dance.
The mayfly dies.
The spider prepares to begin her feast, but one of the mantises, freed by the dung beetles from the web, slips behind the spider and kills her.
Death throes of the spider
Funeral of the mayfly. - The funeral cortege sets off and vanishes into the distance.
Night falls on the deserted garden.
Christoph Eschenbach Conductor