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from September 6, 2023 to February 29, 2024
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Orchestre de Paris / Klaus Mäkelä

Chœur de l’Orchestre de Paris - Bertrand Chamayou - Stravinski, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff
Concert with video
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie



Igor Stravinski
Sergueï Prokofiev
Concerto pour piano n° 1
Serge Rachmaninoff
Les Cloches
Orchestre de Paris
Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris
Klaus Mäkelä , conducting
Bertrand Chamayou , piano
Olga Peretyatko , soprano
Pavel Petrov , tenor
Alexey Markov , baritone
Bertrand Mandico , film

This fascinating snapshot of Russian music around 1910 brings together Petrushka’s sarcastic leaps, the liturgical depth of Rachmaninov’s Bells, and the intrepid modernism of young Prokofiev.

The year was 1911 when Paris discovered the antics of Petrushka, the trickster puppet at the heart of Stravinsky’s new ballet. It is a virtuoso work of carnivals and colourful dances, which video director Bertrand Mandico, playing on the word ‘mannequin’, here transposes into the world of fashion, delivering a reflection on the human and inhuman, on feeling and artifice. Created during exactly the same period is Rachmaninov’s The Bells, a poem for symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe poem. Symbolizing the different ages of life, the four sections allegorize mortal existence as it unfolds to the sounding of the bells—up to the fated final tolling.

It was also at this precise time that Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 rang out in St. Petersburg, played by the ‘enfant terrible’ himself. Listeners were rattled by its radical modernity, unbridled ‘motorness’ and frenzied virtuosity—a sentiment shared by an American critic who said of the composer’s work several years later, ‘If this is music, then I prefer agriculture’.


Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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