Major figures of modernity
Unfolding throughout the season, a dialogue between the composers who shaped the twentieth century and their successors.
A master of adaptation, Luciano Berio boldly transformed works from almost every musical genre. The highlight of this weekend in his honour will be Orfeo III, in which he revisits the founding myth of music.
This season, the Philharmonie de Paris will hold the first-ever Pierre Boulez Biennial. This inaugural edition will explore the galaxy of this figurehead of twentieth-century modernity—from his work, of course, to his musical roots and the composers he supported.
The pioneer in minimal music, Philip Glass, is at the centre of a weekend during which his heritage is revisited by the young generation.
The Ensemble intercontemporain presents a portrait of the great Hungarian master in two concerts: the first dedicated to his vocal works, with excerpts from his Le Grand Macabre and Requiem, and the other featuring his complete concertos.
If there is a ‘Third Viennese School’, it is thanks to her. Olga Neuwirth takes centre stage with the premiere of her score for the silent film The City Without Jews, and a ‘Grand Soir’ programme by the Ensemble intercontemporain.
In an exploration of spirituality, the composer Arvo Pärt is an essential figure. Combining tradition with the avant-garde in his hypnotising postmodern expression, he takes centre stage during the Spirit weekend.
Through her opera Inedia prodigiosa, this great Italian composer raises crucial societal questions on the condition of women.
Stockhausen’s Licht has never been performed in its entirety in Paris. Over the next seven years, this will be accomplished, with one opus from the vast operatic cycle to be presented each year at the Philharmonie. Another highlight will be a new performance of his danced invocation Inori.
3-8 SEPTEMBER 2018
This first edition of the Pierre Boulez Biennial, a joint initiative by the Philharmonie and Daniel Barenboim carried out simultaneously in Paris and Berlin, offers a dialogue between his heritage as a musician and the themes of history and creation.
1-3 FEBRUARY 2019
Looking beyond the classics such as Sinfonia and the virtuoso Sequenze, we will discover some of Berio’s lesser-known works: his animal fables and his reinvention of Orfeo.
17-19 MAY 2019
The scores of Philip Glass revisited by today’s musicians. His piano remixed, his Etudes shared with nine pianists, a rereading by Anoushka Shankar of the album recorded with Ravi Shankar. Passages of his music, with a twist.
Great orchestras, international soloists, projects which shed new light on music, jazz music, pop music and world music as well as three temporary exhibitions. Catch up with 2018-19 Season’s highlights here.
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