Bernard Haitink conducts the ONF in French music

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.

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Parallels between Kurt Masur & Michel Plasson concerts in Paris

Michel Plasson, Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Bastille, Paris, April 25 2012
Kurt Masur, Orchestre National de France, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, April 26 2012

I thought I would start this blog with a word on these 2 maestros who graced Paris concert halls this week.

Both conductors share a remarkable insight on music (Plasson obviously for French music, but not exclusively, Masur for German & Russian music among others, due to his youth in Eastern Germany), both have what I would call a “classical” approach – which to me is clearly a compliment – and are loved by the musicians for their humanism. Continue reading