The Belcea Quartet has become one of the world leading string quartets over the last 20 years. No way I would have missed their concert at the TCE!
The Théâtre de la Ville, being currently closed for major works, has organized its season with the partnership of other venues. Benjamin Alard was giving a harpsichord recital at the CRRP, on the theme of JS Bach and Italy.
The concert of Benjamin Alard, young and talented harpsichordist and organist, co-tenured at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Church in Paris, was part of the series “Music & words” ; so he provided some explanations and anecdotes to the audience.
The great Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink was in Paris to give a concert in the Auditorium de Radio France. He was conducting – with expert hands – the ONF and its Choir in a beautiful and off the beaten path programme.
They played 2 works by French composers, first Poulenc’s Gloria, with soprano Patricia Petibon as soloist, then the complete version of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
Grigory Sokolov, Russian pianist great, was performing his yearly recital at the TCE. This time he had selected works by Mozart and Schumann, in a programme cleverly and carefully built. As always, he was playing with almost no light, totally focused, captivating the audience.
After several concerts featuring French and Russian composers, the notable Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi had chosen a Russian only programme, but 2 works of totally opposite atmospheres. He was conducting the ONF at Radio France.
Fall 2016 seems to be the season of Franco-Russian concerts… This time in the Auditorium de Lyon, with the great conductor Yuri Temirkanov and his Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In a world of permanent change, it is noteworthy that Temirkanov has been the Orchestra Music Director and Chief Conductor since 1988!
Radio France had the good idea to dedicate a series of concerts to the composer, conductor and pedagogue Gilbert Amy for his 80th birthday.
Having entered his musical world via his excellent 2nd Quartet, Brèves, played by the Pražák Quartet, I favoured the concert given by the young and gifted Hermès Quartet, in the composer’s presence.
Salle Cortot, Ludmila Berlinskaya gave a concert of extremely demanding French and Russian works.
The Russian pianist, who was a privileged partner of the great Sviatoslav Richter, has all technical skills to play this kind of programme, but is also an amazing musician.