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Orchestre de Paris / Paavo Järvi

Joshua Bell - Dvořák, Sibelius, Beethoven
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


Antonín Dvořák
Concerto pour violon
Jean Sibelius
Symphonie n° 7
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonie n° 8


Orchestre de Paris
Paavo Järvi, conducting
Joshua Bell, violin

Two symphonic masterpieces, including Sibelius' musical 'testament', accompany Joshua Bell's radiant bowing in the Beethoven Concerto.

Long considered unplayable, Beethoven's only violin concerto remains unique in its density and the organic character of the collaboration between orchestra and soloist. The virtuoso violin ornamentation seems indissociable, even in the most brilliant arabesques, from the ample symphonic material.

Less often performed than the ample Seventh and the mythical Ninth, Symphony No. 8 manifests a smiling ease and an optimistic mood, right down to the leaps of the Allegretto and the refined rusticity of the Minuetto, which recall the spirit of Mozart and Haydn. Sibelius's final Symphony contrasts this Apollonian serenity with a form of solemn, initiatory ritual, so much so that it has been called the Finnish Parsifal. Based on a matrix theme in the trombones, it unfolds like a marmoreal arch, summoning the listener into its sonic mysticism. 


Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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