This programme links together some lively works inspired by various traditional cultures. Fiery Spanish folklore opens proceedings with Popular Spanish Songs by de Falla, revealing love's seduction, tenderness and treachery. Next we enter the magical world of the Czech legends, with Janacek's A Tale. Gentle and subtle, the piece immerses us in a wondrous fantasy world. We continue with Schumann's Five Pieces in Folk Style. Some of the pieces are spirited and full of energy and character, while others are much more profound and intimate. Here everything is suggested; it is as if Schumann decided to whisper stories without words into the listener's ear. Ginastera's Sonata will be the focal point of the journey. Although this Argentinian composer had already emigrated to Switzerland by the time he composed that work, his connection to his roots remained strong. Alongside the hot-headed cowboys of the region, he takes us on a tour of La Pampa. To finish the programme, what could be better than a Hungarian celebration? With its virtuosity and gypsy themes, Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody evokes rural fiddlers improvising by a fireside or accompanying dancers twirling from place to place. And so the final note of this picturesque evening's entertainment will be full of joy and life!