Symphonic Concert

Orchestre de Paris / Ludovic Morlot

Audrey Luna - Aude Extremo - Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Chœur de chambre Accentus - Chœur de la Radio Lettone - Boulez, Debussy, Ravel

Ludovic MorlotLudovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Pierre BoulezPierre Boulez © Marcello Mencarini
Pierre-Laurent AimardPierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 — 8:30pm
Thursday, 21 January 2021 — 8:30pm
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


  • Pierre Boulez
    Initiale, pour sept cuivres
  • Claude Debussy
    La Cathédrale engloutie
    Orchestration de Colin Matthews (2006)
  • Pierre Boulez
    Le visage nuptial
  • Maurice Ravel
    Concerto pour la main gauche
  • Claude Debussy
    La Mer


  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Choeur de chambre Accentus
  • Choeur de la Radio lettone
  • Ludovic Morlot, conducting
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
  • Audrey Luna, soprano
  • Aude Extremo, mezzo-soprano
  • Richard Wilberforce, choirmaster
  • Sigvards Klava, choirmaster
As part of the second Pierre Boulez Biennial, this programme places two of his scores alongside the golden age of French music.

Visage Nuptial, a major work from his early period, inspired by René Char and whose complexity owes to the scoring of the five parts, the changing orchestra size and the virtuosity of the vocal technique. Altogether different, Initiale is a fanfare for brass ensemble, with an energy that reaches hypnotic depths. 

Precision, objectiveness in the poetic approach, a sharpened sense of colour: we know what Boulez, who analysed Jeux (Games), owes to Debussy, whose La Mer (The Sea), with its rippled sounds, innovative orchestral light and sprinkled, prismatic motifs, is a pure gem. Ravel’s artistic universe, represented by the war-inspired Concerto for the Left Hand, is equally representative of this ethic of form and clarity, where the modernist approach never relinquishes the sense of restraint and control.     


Maurice Ravel : Concerto pour la main gauche, en ré majeur - Nicholas Angelich, piano, Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Patrick Davin, direction
Claude Debussy : La mer - Orchestre de Paris, Esa-Pekka Salonen, direction

Pierre Boulez : Le visage nuptial - Choeur de femmes de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Pascal Rophé, direction