"Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah"

Samson and Delilah is French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ most important operatic work. Rimsky-Korsakov considered it the best modern “Western” opera after those of Wagner. The work was premiered in Weimar on December, 2nd,  1877, having previously been rejected in Paris for its presentation of biblical themes. The exotic and imposing Bacchanale is the most famous excerpt from the opera and is often performed in concerts in arrangements for various instruments.

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