Symphonic Concert

Orchestre de Paris / Stanislav Kochanovsky

Alexandre Kantorow - Dukas, Prokofiev, Rimski-Korsakov

Stanislav KochanovskyStanislav Kochanovsky © Marco Borggreve
Alexandre KantorowAlexandre Kantorow © Martin Rapahël Martiq / Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021 — 8:30pm
Thursday, 27 May 2021 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


  • Paul Dukas
    L'Apprenti sorcier
  • Sergueï Prokofiev
    Concerto pour piano n° 2
  • Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov


  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Stanislav Kochanovsky, conducting
  • Alexandre Kantorow, piano
The spirit of the symphonic poem and the power of musical storytelling resound in the immensely popular works The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Sheherazade, followed by the percussive force of Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2—like a powerful antidote.

Inspired by one of Goethe’s ballads, Dukas’s illustrious Sorcerer’s Apprentice was immortalised by Walt Disney’s Fantasia: its vivacity and the sense of orchestral effects, supported by remarkable rigour, create an undeniable mood of magic spells and incantations. This rich imagery and sense of enchantment are echoed in Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Sheherazade, a masterpiece of Orientalist fantasy, beloved for its unforgettable violin arabesques, epic fanfares and voluptuous melodies. 
In a sharper register, Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2—a daunting feat on piano carried off by Alexandre Kantorow (First Prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition)—sparked controversy at its premiere: a sense of ‘barbarity’ seemed to emanate from its mechanical style, and it is true that while the work has its mournful moments, the composer imbued it with a phenomenal concentration of energy.

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Clé d'écoute

Le Concerto pour piano n° 2 de Prokofiev


Paul Dukas : L'Apprenti sorcier - Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi (direction)
Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov : Shéhérazade, suite symphonique pour orchestre op. 35 - Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth (direction)
Sergueï Prokofiev : Concerto pour piano et orchestre no 2 en sol mineur op. 16 - Denis Matsuev (piano), Orchestre du Mariinsky, Valery Gergiev (direction)