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Orchestre de Paris / Klaus Mäkelä

Beatrice Rana - Rachmaninoff, Chostakovitch
Symphonic Concert
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 1h54 with 1 intermission



Serge Rachmaninoff
Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini
Dmitri Chostakovitch
Symphonie n° 7 « Leningrad »
Orchestre de Paris
Klaus Mäkelä , conducting
Beatrice Rana , piano

An exhilarating and poignant Russian evening with Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody in the virtuoso hands of Beatrice Rana, and the monument of strength, tragedy, and ambiguity of Shostakovich’s great ‘war symphony’.

Rachmaninoff composed his Rhapsody on the theme of Caprice No.24, for violin, a theme on which Brahms also wrote an opus. The masterful writing, alternating lyricism and velocity, does not diminish the sense of tragedy, with the quotation of the Dies Irae, and a modernity that sometimes recalls Prokofiev’s.

In counterpoint, the ‘LeningradSymphony, evoking the siege of the city by the German troops, is a musical experience of incomparable intensity. It offers joy and insouciance submerged by brutal force, playful remissions in the flow of aggressive interjections, discordant harmonies and fierce ostinatos, and the conclusion is a victorious apotheosis, without the sense of erratic violence ever dissipating. With an expressiveness as compelling as it is hermetic, Shostakovich’s ambiguity, shines through in this fabulous orchestral score.    


Serge Rachmaninoff : Rhapsodie sur un thème de Paganini - Nikolaï Lugansky (piano), Russian National Orchestra, Mikhaïl Pletnev (direction)

Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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