András Schiff, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Bach, Bartók and Brahms

The distinguished pianist (and conductor) András Schiff was in concert at the Paris Philharmonie with the excellent Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

1st composer in the programme was his beloved Bach, with the 2 Ricercars of the Musical Offering, a masterpiece which is scandalously absent of French concert halls. He chose to play the Ricercar a 3 on the piano (solo), and the Ricercar a 6 was performed by 6 string players (one for each voice): 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos. What a great introduction!

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Vladimir Jurowski, Piotr Anderszewski and the COE

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Vladimir Jurowski conducting and Piotr Anderszewski at the piano gave a splendid concert at the Cité de la Musique.

Jurowski is one of the very best young conductors worldwide, with a deep understanding of scores and a fantastic ability to energize orchestras. In the same way, Anderszewski is one of today’s very best pianists, a master in Bach, Schumann, or his fellow countryman Szymanowski (among others…).

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