Beginning of October, reunion between Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestre de Paris. The German maestro was the musical director of the orchestra during 10 years, and he regularly comes back to conduct them. They were playing with violinist Maxim Vengerov, born in the USSR some 40 years ago.
Gathered at the Philharmonie de Paris, violinist, conductor and orchestra gave a very fine reading of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, in its original version, with a 1st movement Allegro moderato absolutely fabulous, all performers being on the same page.
Maxim Vengerov played Bach Sarabanda from Partita No. 2 as an encore.
After the pause, Christoph Eschenbach and his former orchestra – where one could recognize violinists Philippe Aïche, Serge Pataud & Eiichi Chijiiwa, violists Ana Bela Chaves & Nicolas Carles, cellist Eric Picard, double-bass leader Vincent Pasquier or Pascal Moraguès on clarinet – brilliantly interpreted Dvorák’s 8th Symphony.