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Orchestre de Paris / Klaus Mäkelä

Renaud Capuçon - Messiaen, Korngold, Chostakovitch
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 2h11 with 1 intermission

Program

Olivier Messiaen
Le Tombeau resplendissant
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Concerto pour violon
Intermission
Dmitri Chostakovitch
Symphonie n°7 "Leningrad"

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Orchestre de Paris
Klaus Mäkelä, conducting
Renaud Capuçon, violin

A programme cast under the shadow of World War II, with Korngold’s Violin Concerto symbolising his return to orchestra music after Hitler’s defeat, followed by Shostakovich’s poignant ‘Leningrad’ Symphony'. 

As a prelude to the programme, Messiaen’s Le Tombeau resplendissant (1931), the most personal of his early works for orchestra, already resonated as a farewell to youth. 

Korngold’s Concerto, which premiered in 1947 and was dedicated to Alma Mahler, reflects the composer’s desire to return to concert halls after working in Hollywood during the war. For this renaissance, he composed a score whose virtuosity never smothers the vocal generosity, and whose three movements contain ample quotations from his finest film music. 

Shostakovich’s 'Leningrad’ Symphony', a vast war tableau, plunges the auditor into the anguish of the city under siege, blockaded by the German troops in 1941, but also crushed by totalitarianism under Stalin. Its four movements rival each other in brutal force, but are also studded with sarcastic interpolations, ironic pastiches and galvanising marches. Perhaps nowhere else, musically at least, have the torments of dictatorship and the devastating contradictions of war been so clearly captured.

Karina-Canellakis

Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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Porte de Pantin station
M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 3B Tram 3B
Address
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

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