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Daniil Trifonov - Thorvaldsdottir, Chopin, R. Strauss
Symphonic Concert
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie
Duration: about 2h20 with 1 intermission

Program

Distribution

Anna Thorvaldsdottir
ARCHORA (création française)
Frédéric Chopin
Concerto pour piano n° 1
Intermission
Richard Strauss
Une vie de héros
Orchestre de Paris
Klaus Mäkelä , conducting
Daniil Trifonov , piano

An evening of contrasts juxtaposing the cosmic magnetism of Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the narrative vigour of a quasi-autobiographical Strauss, and the passionate romanticism—at once tender, epic and lyrical—of young Chopin.

Premiered in London in August 2022, ARCHORA deploys the movements of mass and texture and the unsettling stirrings of intensity that are the hallmark of its Icelandic composer, who seeks to summon ‘primitive forces’ while creating the impression of a ‘parallel realm’.

Far from these mysteries, Strauss’s A Hero’s Life evokes in six sections the journey of an artist—bearing a strong resemblance to the composer himself—and the daily struggle of pursuing his vocation. Requiring a large orchestra, it is a work as heterogeneous as it is spectacular, in which Strauss willingly uses self-quotation.

Chopin’s Concerto No. 1, the work of an impetuous 19-year-old, abounds in melodic beauty, endowing the piano with the majesty of a prima donna. The epic lyricism of its Allegro gives way to the ‘Nocturnes-esque’ dreamy elegy of the ‘romantic’ second movement, followed by the haughty vigour of the concluding Rondo, in the same folk-inspired vein as the Mazurkas.

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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