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from January 31 to February 15, 2024
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Orchestre de Paris / Esa-Pekka Salonen

Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Debussy, Stravinski
Concert with video
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 2h30 with 1 intermission



Claude Debussy
La Cathédrale Engloutie
Images pour orchestre
Mouvement n°1 : Gigues
La sérénade interrompue
Images pour orchestre
Mouvement n°2 : Ibéria
La Puerta del Vino : Mouvement de Habanera
Images pour orchestre
Mouvement n°3 : Rondes de printemps
Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre
Igor Stravinski
Les Noces
Version de Steven Stucky
Avec vidéo
Orchestre de Paris
Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris
Esa-Pekka Salonen , conducting
Jean-Yves Thibaudet , piano
Lauren Snouffer , soprano
Kayleigh Decker , mezzo
Paul Appleby , tenor
David Soar , bass
Richard Wilberforce , choirmaster
Hillary Leben , film d'animation

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the orchestra in a rendering of Debussy’s Images, punctuated by the pianistic poetry of Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as if to introduce Stravinsky’s galvanizing Les Noces, accompanied by the custom designed graphics of Hillary Leben. 

Beyond the notion of ‘impressionism’, sometimes attributed to him overly systematically, Debussy was a master colourist of sounds. The finesse of his orchestral palette is at its peak in his three Images (1905-1912), particularly the second, Iberia, an authentic ‘impression of Spain’ complete with visual and olfactory references: the streets and lanes, nocturnal scents and festive mornings... Between these sound tableaux, Jean-Yves Thibaudet freely inserts pianistic punctuations, echoing, as often in the Preludes, Debussy’s visual imagination, before offering a rare performance of Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, a piece premiered only after the composer’s death.

An artistic variation on traditional Russian peasant weddings, sensitively evoking the bride’s ritual braid and the mothers’ lamentations over their children’s departure, Les Noces is one of Stravinsky’s masterpieces. Steven Stucky’s 2005 orchestration paired here with custom graphics by Hillary Leben make this an enchanting version of this musical ceremony. 


Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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Porte de Pantin station
Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5
Tram 3B 


221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

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taxi G7