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A JOURNEY WITH MARCEL KHALIFÉ // 94' - 2017

This Lebanese artist with his prolific output (film music, ballets, concertos, symphonies...), a recognized “Unesco Artist for Peace" for his commitment to his country’s musical heritage, has set himself the task of reviving the spirit of Middle Eastern music. By way of mixing cultures, Marcel Khalifé plays here with his two sons, Rami and Bachar, and the l’Orchestre National d’île de France.

In concert on May 5, 2017 at the Philharmonie de Paris 1
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SCHUMANN - BRUCKNER // 94' - 2017

In concert on January 30, 2017 at the Philharmonie de Paris.
David Grimal is the soloist in a little known work, Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto, and explores with Les Dissonances Bruckner’s immense 7th Symphony, with its overwhelming Adagio mourning the death of Richard Wagner.
- Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor
- Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

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AMERICA : FROM BERNSTEIN TO BARTOK // 95' - 2017

In concert on April 8, 2017 at the Opéra de Dijon, with David Grimal and Les Dissonances:
America! A new world of dreams and fortune that captures the migrant as soon as he sees the Statue of Liberty and the docks of New York from the deck of the boat. But also America, a land of disappointed hopes, of forced exile, where our memories of home are confronted with a new culture to which we must adapt.
It is to this ambivalent America that Les Dissonances - without a leader as usual...

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IL DUELLO AMOROSO / NATHALIE STUTZMANN // 94' - 2016

"Il duello amoroso" is made up of Handel’s opera arias and duets performed by Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto) and Em!7;ke Baráth (soprano).
In this imaginary opera by George Frideric Handel created by Nathalie Stutzmann in 2012 in Monte-Carlo, two female singers, one of whom is playing a man part, form a love duel. Em!7;ke Baráth and Nathalie Stutzmann play with the instrumental ensemble Orfeo 55, conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, herself.
Recorded during the Sablé sur Sarthe...

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SIRBA OCTET : TANZ ! // 95' - 2016

This remarkable ensemble, mid-way between classical and Klezmer music, revives the musical traditions of Eastern Europe by rearranging it according to the rules of classical music. Unique arrangements for eight exceptional musicians from the Orchestre de Paris, who play with dazzling interpretive freedom!
This musical treasury, drawn from the traditional repertory, leads audiences from the Doina to the Hora, Sirba and other popular Klezmer and Gypsy dances. Tantz! A gateway between...

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TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONY NO. 4, OP.36 IN F MINOR // 44' - 2016

Dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s platonic muse (and wealthy patroness) Nadezhda von Meck, the Fourth Symphony conceals a hidden programme, which the composer explained in a letter to his friend. The main idea of the work, the kernel of the whole score, appears at the opening: "Fatum, that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness, which jealously ensures that peace and happiness shall not be complete and unclouded (...) unwaveringly, constantly poisoning the soul."

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TCHAIKOVSKY: CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN OP.35 IN D MAJOR // 35' - 2016

Tchaikovsky's violin concerto in D major is a score of immense technical difficulty, which leans openly towards Gypsy music in the last movement and conceals a slow movement full of lyrical nostalgia that goes straight to the heart. Director Radu Mikaileanu gave this concerto a central role in his hit film The Concert and featured it in the final scene.


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of...

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VERDI: OVERTURE OF "THE FORCE OF DESTINY" CLASSICAL CONCERT // 8' - 2016

Leonora, daughter of the Marquis of Calatrava, loves a man of mixed race, Don Alvaro, with whom she plans to flee from the paternal castle. Torn between passion and remorse, the girl's hesitation delays the flight of the two lovers, who are surprised by the sudden arrival of her father. Throwing his pistol to the ground as a sign of good faith, Don Alvaro accidentally kills the marquis, who dies cursing his daughter, setting the relentless wheels of fate in motion...

DAVID GRIMAL...

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PIERRE HENRY: CONTINUO OR VISION OF THE FUTUR // 53' - 2016

The acoustic universe of Pierre Henry is in perpetual evolution. He accepted to create an evening which 'makes a temporal link between yesterday, now and tomorrow'.
Linking man and nature, past and present, at 87 years old, the pioneer of electronic music is still writing, surrounded by his many machines and systems. Through this creation for the Philarmonie de Paris, “Continuo or vision of the future”, Pierre Henry binds it to its mythical Mass for the present time he signed in 1967...

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EL FUEGO LATINO (ALONDRA DE LA PARRA / ALEXIS CARDENAS) // 91' - 2016

Alondro de la Parra is a phenomenon: luminous and charismatic, she has established herself as one of the first female chief conductors of a major symphony orchestra with natural ease and brilliance.
Her enthusiastic, generous and spellbinding performances make her concerts a real treat.

Alexis Cardenas, virtuoso soloist from the Orchestra National d’Ile-de-France and graduate of the prestigious El Sistema in Venezuela (which also produced the great conductor Gustavo...

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BACH, CHRISTMAS ORATORIO (LAURENCE EQUILBEY) // 160' - 2016

The Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach is composed of six cantatas brought together for the winter celebrations of 1734-1735.
During this concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, Laurence Equilbey also takes the reins of Vincent Dumestre's Poème Harmonique. The modernity of the harmonic poem and the Baroque culture of Accentus combine to glorify the vibrant faith of this meditation, from the birth of Jesus to the visit of the Magi, masterfully orchestrated and structured by a Bach...

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MAURICE RAVEL : 5 WORKS BY DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES // 80' - 2016

A man with an independent and enigmatic nature, Maurice Ravel’s work lies at the turning point between the 19th and 20th centuries, a time of quarrels between modernists and traditionalists. After the First World War and the death of Debussy, he was considered one of the greatest French composers of the 20th century.

In residence at the Dijon Opera, the Dissonances ensemble presents their interpretation of 5 works by the maestro Maurice Ravel:

- Valses nobles et...

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MOLADA, THE BIRTH (JASSER HAJ YOUSSEF, SIMONE KERMES) // 78' - 2016

The vocal and instrumental works of Jasser Haj Youssef are unclassifiable. They are impregnated with the improvised style of the Arabic maqams that he learned in Monastir and Sousse (Tunisia) from his father as well as the freest forms of jazz – which he often plays on the viola d'amore . Between scholarly and traditional music, his compositions take us from a contemplative adagio (with texts in Aramaic and Italian) to catchy jazz rhythms.
Jasser was the first to rediscover the baroque...

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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI IN CASERTA – A NIGHT OF LOVE AND WAR // 60' - 2016

A musical programme devised by Rinaldo Alessandrini, filmed at the Court Theatre of the Royal Palace of Caserta near Naples on the 4th and 5th of April 2016.
The royal palace of Caserta, created in the 18th century by Luigi Vanvitelli for Charles of Bourbon, rivals that of Versailles and remains one of the largest royal residences in the world.

The great works of Monteverdi are on the programme, performed by the Ensemble Concerto Italiano :

Sinfonia...

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THE ST MATTHEW PASSION IN THE ROYAL CHAPEL OF VERSAILLES // 172' - 2016

A concert dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on the 22nd March 2016. The Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles hosts the choir and orchestra of the Ensemble Pygmalion, conducted by its musical director Raphaël Pichon, performing the St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach.

They are joined by an exceptional cast of singers including the tenor Julian Prégardien, bass Stéphane Degout and soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

The St Matthew...

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TURANGALILA: GUSTAVO DUDAMEL & SIMON BOLIVAR ORCHESTRA // 77' - 2016

Who would have thought, at its inception in Boston in 1949 under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, that the Turangalîla-Symphonie would become a repertoire classic, if not a favourite?
Olivier Messiaen spent 4 years writing this rather eccentric piece with its immoderate orchestra and unprecedented duration.
The symphony was initially commissioned by the Boston Orchestra, which gave Messiaen a free hand, setting him no limits in terms of duration or orchestral requirements. And...

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MOZART, A GALA FOR THE WEBER SISTERS // 44' - 2016

On March 23rd, 1783, everyone rushed to the prestigious Burgtheater. Mozart had programmed a mixture of symphonies and concertos featuring arias of great expressive virtuosity. An amazing concert dedicated to two sopranos: the sisters Aloysia and Josepha Weber, for whom he wrote his masterpieces.

We know Mozart's links with the Weber family - he married Constanze after being jilted by Aloysia, her sister, and wrote the role of the Queen of the Night in the "Magic Flute" for...

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SEIJI OZAWA, THE LIVING SPIRIT OF MUSIC // 52' - 2016

At the age of 80, Seiji Ozawa is one of the last living legends of a bygone golden age of conducting. A pupil of Charles Munch and Herbert von Karajan, he was Leonard Bernstein’s assistant before taking over as director of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he led for thirty years.
This generation, which knew Richard Strauss, Bela Bartok and Toscanini, remains that of the rediscovery of the "great works" and the dissemination of what is now called "Classical music". It was...

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THE KEYS TO THE ORCHESTRA BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS ZYGEL // 19 x 70’ to 100’ - 2015 - 2008

Jean-François Zygel, passionate musician, teacher and fascinating speaker, makes the greatest "classical" works, in the broadest sense of the term, available to everyone. With humour and simplicity, enthusiasm and passion, he describes, deciphers, dissects, analyzes and debunks.
In this collection, in partnership with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean-François Zygel unites words and music. Music lessons, combining relaxation and erudition, take novices and anyone lacking in...

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J.S. BACH’S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS // 60' - 2015

The Duo Mélisande, composed of two young and brilliant guitar players, Toulouse-based Sébastien Llinares and Nicolas Lestoquoy from Lille, present an enthralling and original version of the famous Goldberg Variations, a masterpiece by J-S. Bach, transcribed for two guitars.
The second half of the show is dedicated to Joachim Turina (5 Gypsy Dances) and Isaac Albéniz (Tango and Mallorca). Spanish music, made of "dreams and rhythms" (Debussy), is one of the few musical movements that has...

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ITALIAN MODERNITY: PAULINE BUET & DAVID VIOLI // 58' - 2015

Pauline Buet (cello) and David Violi (piano) play Ferruccio Busoni, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco and Giuseppe Martucci.

Born into a family of musicians, Pauline Buet received an education based on the pleasure of playing, listening and discovering repertoires. These watchwords informed her career choices and drew her towards chamber and early music played on the instruments of the time.
Born in Nancy, David Violi studied music at the Conservatoire in his hometown and then at...

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BERTRAND DE BILLY & THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF LAUSANNE // 89' - 2015

The Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne brings its scores to Paris for a special concert. In the great auditorium of Radio France, he will glorify Fauré, Mozart and Messiaen under the direction of Bertrand de Billy and the Maîtrise de Radio France.
In the programme, Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence by Olivier Messiaen. The first part of the concert will be also French, with Masques et bergamasques, a tribute by Gabriel Fauré to the 18th century fêtes galantes. It will be...

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THE LITTLE PLEASURES OF SEICENTO // 78' - 2015

The beginning of the 17th century in Italy saw the emergence of many instrumental forms, testimony of the emancipation of instruments in relation to vocal music.
The Italian language illustrates this phenomenon in the terms cantata, sonata and canzone.
This programme enables us to discover the canzone and the sonata whose destiny has continued until today. Jean-Marc Andrieu's enchanted recorder, Yasuko Bouvard's original claviorganum and Laurent Le Chenadec's virtuoso bassoon...

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THE CAMBINI QUARTET // 68' - 2015

A passion for period instruments unites these 4 young musicians, which they share with the best groups: the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Talens Lyriques and the Cercle de l’Harmonie. A passion for research and for the magnificent unrecognized scores that they defend with great zeal. And a passion for quartets, the ideal framework for the expression of their musical understanding.
Recorded at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.


Programme :

Wolfgang...

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ALONDRA DE LA PARRA & THE PARIS ORCHESTRA // 94' - 2015

In the colors of South America, this concert will weave musical bridges between France, Brazil and Argentina. The festivity begin with the famous Bœuf sur le toit by Milhaud, written in memory of the Rio Carnival; Richard Galliano’s bandoneon will play the Piazzolla’s "Tango Nuevo", and we will also have the opportunity to hear some rarer gems, the frenzied and rhythmic of the Mexicans Moncayo and Revueltas.
Recorded at the Philharmonie de Paris



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IN AN ITALIAN GARDEN / WILLIAM CHRISTIE // 105' - 2015

ln an Italian Garden is a celebration of Christie’s great passion, ltalian lyric works from the 16th to 18th centuries, to be performed by instrumentalist of Les Arts Florissants and six outstanding young singers chosen from his master-class academy, Le Jardin des Voix. The first half of the concert explores the subjects of love, beauty, rage and jealousy with excerpts from the operas of Stradella, Vivaldi and Handel, as well as madrigals by the contemporaries of Montev.
Recorded at the...

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BALTIC SEA VOYAGE / KRISTJAN JäRVI // 94' - 2015

Each year, the best musicians of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, are chosen to create a unique orchestra. Guided by its founder, Conductor and Musical Director Kristjan Järvi, the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic (BYP) prepares original programmes for international tour so as to reveal to the world, especially with a lot of world premieres, the rich tones of the Baltic Sea. In 2015, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées received this young talents...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK VIII - PART 2 // 110' - 2015

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK VIII - PART 1 // 90' - 2015

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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HAENDEL, MESSIAH // 122' - 2015

Handel's Messiah was composed in less than a month, in 1741, after a succession of operas. Wishing to renew the genre of the oratorio, Handel now features the heroes of history, literature and religious texts. In England, the Messiah is such a success that the liturgical piece becomes a national event. The Messiah combines Germanic passion and Italian opera. It is given with more and more magnificence and the spectators came also to sing some tunes: three encores are given to audience...

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY, LA MER // 27' - 2015

Claude Debussy was always particularly drawn to the sea and wrote La Mer in just 18 months, a very short time for him. He became a recognised artist and a leading reference in the world of music. He was also an important critic. In January of the same year, 1903, he was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
“You may be unaware that I was intended for the noble career of a sailor, and that only the quirks of fate deviated me from that path. Nonetheless, I’ve retained a sincere devotion...

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BEETHOVEN, CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA IN D MAJOR, OP. 61 // 45' - 2015

Beethoven's violin concerto, written in 1806, the same year as the Fourth Symphony, is characterized by its profusion of themes and its unusual length: almost forty minutes, twice the length of most of Mozart's violin concertos.
Today this concerto is considered one of the major pieces of the violin repertoire, just like the concertos of Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. Yet at its creation this work was considered a "bushy mass of desultory ideas" and was long considered...

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BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN C MAJOR, OP. 67 // 36' - 2015

"Just as you throw yourself here into the worldly maelstrom, so you can write works, in spite of all the hindrances imposed by society. Let your deafness be no longer a secret, even in art.” Beethoven, 1806 (inscription in the margin of a sketch for his Quartet Op. 59 n° 3).
Beethoven was more determined than ever to produce his symphony, whatever the response from the Viennese public, which he feared, or the problems that punctuated his life.
The originality of this symphony lies...

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FRANCESCO CAVALLI : IL TEATRO DI SENSI // 90' - 2015

The Cappella Mediterranea Ensemble, created in 2005 by Leonardo García Alarcón is taking on a challenge: to play 27 unpublished scores from Francesco Cavalli, in the famous Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venisce, Italy.

Born in February 1602 in Lombardy, Francesco Cavalli started as a singer, then he became organist, and a chapel master in 1668. He began writing for the stage in 1639, quickly went famous and was invited to Paris in 1660 in order to produce the opera Xerse and in...

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SCHUBERT, QUATUOR N°14 "DEATH AND THE MAIDEN" // 42' - 2015

The Austrian Franz Schubert had a very short life (he died at 31 years of syphilis) but composed about 600 Lieder! Death and the maiden was written in 1817, words are from a poem by Matthias Claudius. This theme is taken from the Greek and Roman mythology (eg the Rape of Proserpina), which opposes the death to life. The woman is then a symbol of fertility and life. Death appears here to the girl under the guise of her lover. Schubert had composed this work knowing its deadly disease.

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MOZART : QUATUOR OP. 10 N°6 // 29' - 2015

The Quartet Op 10 No 6, extract of the Quartets dedicated to Haydn,was published in 1785. The four musicians propose here a very beautiful and profound interpretation, inhabited by the generous but tormented breath of the composer.
The surprising introduction is deep, captivating. Then followed the first slow movement with its graceful theme. Then come the elegant menuetto, touching but robust, which highlights the quality of musicians through many tight exchanges between instruments....

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ANTON WEBERN : LANGSAMER SATZ+ SIX BAGATELLES // 16' - 2015

A rich and robust interpretation of Langsamer Satz by Anton Webern, composer of the Second Viennese School. The melodic impetus remind the end of the romantic period, particularly well developed by this sensitive and touching ensemble.
A real modernity magnificently revealed by the quartet Les Dissonances.

The Six Bagatelles Opus 9 are composed in 1913 and marked a major break with tradition. The musicians of the quartet Dissonances have perfectly adapted their playing to...

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BRAHMS, SYMPHONY N°2 IN D MAJOR, OP.7 // 42' - 2015

After the slow maturation of the First Symphony, the composition of the second one takes one year and its creation in Vienna by Wagnerian conductor Hans Richter is a success. Everybody find it more understandable and brighter. Brahms himself spoke of " waltze series" or "gay and innocent little symphony"
Yet he said to his publisher Simrock: "I’ve never wrote anything so sad [...]: the partition should be edited with a black frame "; He also wrote to the composer Vinzenz Lachner who...

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MOZART, SERENADE KV. 361 IN B FLAT MAJOR « GRAN PARTITA » // 48' - 2015

Serenade KV 361 in B flat major, called Gran Partita, is a work in seven movements for twelve wind instruments and double bass. Originally devoted to the outdoors, this "Evening Music" goes beyond the spirit of divertimento to get closer from the symphony.
Through its inspiration, the diversity of its forms and its genres, its size and imposing effective, this serenade is considered one of the masterpieces for the chamber music repertoire for wind instruments.

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JEAN SIBELIUS, VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR OP. 47 // 33' - 2015

Sibelius’s music combines popular inspirations with theoretical legacies. The violin concerto, the only the maestro composed, in 1903-1905, is very traditional in form : three movements (fast long, slow, fast short). It opens on small misty waves to the strings while the violin began its first theme. Then the machine starts quickly and the story begins.


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of...

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MOZART, OBOE CONCERTO IN C MAJOR K.314 // 22' - 2015

The existence of an oboe concerto, composed by Mozart in the summer of 1777 for Giuseppe Ferlendis, oboist of the Salzburg chapel, played a few months later by Mozart in Ramm, has always been a certainty. But this concerto was thought lost, until Bernhard Paumgartner discovered it in separate parts at the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg in 1920.
Yet it is strictly identical to Flute Concerto in D, K.314, written by Mozart in Mannheim in February 1778 for De Jean. The only difference is the solo...

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MENDELSSOHN: OPENING OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, OP. 21 // 13' - 2015

Felix Mendelssohn was 17 when he first read William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The story inspired him and he composed a sublime score for it... known today as the Overture. Twenty years later, King Frederick William IV of Prussia commissioned Mendelssohn to write a score for a great event combining music, theater and dance. The Overture gives a wonderful musical description of Shakespeare’s magical play. The work begins with pianissimo chords in the wind instruments, but...

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EUGÈNE YSAYE: SONATA N ° 3 FOR SOLO VIOLIN // 9' - 2015

Ysaÿe wanted to compose works for violin alone, reflecting the evolution of the violin techniques and music of his time. In this set of sonatas, he used the main features of early twentieth-century music, such as whole-tone scales, dissonances, and quarter-tones. Ysaÿe also used virtuoso bow and advanced left hand techniques throughout, because he believed that "nowadays the tools of violin mastery, in terms of expression, technique, mechanism, are much more necessary than in days gone by....

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ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, CHAMBER SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN E MAJOR. OP. 9 // 22' - 2015

The Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major is an orchestral piece for fifteen solo instruments composed in 1906. Schoenberg composed unstable, irresolvable melodies (like Wagner). He also hated sequences and any form of textual "predictability". He was looking for perpetually changing music that had literally never been heard before. Schoenberg sought new harmonic concepts and developed a counterpoint in which all voices were of equal importance. He used the twelve-tone scale to overcome...

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ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: PRELUDE OF HäNSEL AND GRETEL (L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL D'ILE DE FRANCE) // 8' - 2015

Engelbert Humperdinck chosed the popular legend of Hansel and Gretel based on the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale to compose his opera in 3 acts which became his greatest masterpiece. Two children lost in the forest by their parents, attracted by the gingerbread house of an evil witch...

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RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO: PROLOGUE DE PAGLIACCI (L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL D'ILE DE FRANCE) // 6' - 2015

The scene takes place an August afternoon in a village of Calabria. In Pagliacci, the author uses the “mise en abyme” process of the dramatic action: The fiction get mixed up with reality when one of the actors takes advantage of the play to settle accounts with his wife’s lover. The music is composed in the “verismo” style, close to Naturalism.
Performed by l’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, musical direction by Enrique Mazzola.

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GUSTAV MALHER, DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN (L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL D'ILE DE FRANCE) // 29' - 2015

Mahler draws on the collection « Des Knaben Wunderhorn » traditional German poems to create orchestral songs and voice and piano settings.
Their succession creates a sort of cycle, mini-tales made of childish wonder and philosophical outlook on the world. The composer was fascinated by these “lieders”, a childish passion shared with complicity by the National Orchestra of Ile de France.

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PROKOFIEV, PETER AND THE WOLF (L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL D'ILE DE FRANCE ) // 29' - 2015

Pierre plays in the Russian countryside, near the house of his grandfather. A wolf is hanging around and eats the farm’s duck. Pierre managed to tie his tail, then convinces the hunters not to kill him and finally take him to the zoo. There is more fear than harm in this timeless tale that delights young and old thanks to his music so inventive!
There is more fear than harm in this timeless tale that delights young and old thanks to Prokofiev’s inventive music.
Performed by...

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ONCE UPON A TIME... PERFORMED BY L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL D'ILE DE FRANCE // 85' - 2015

The Orchestre National d'Ile de France, directed by Enrique Mazzola, invites us to rediscover 3 tales for yound and old alike. Performed at the Philarmonie de Paris :

- Engelbert Humperdinck: prelude of Hänsel and Gretel (8')
- Ruggero Leoncavallo: Prologue of Pagliacci (6')
- Sergueï Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (29')
- Gustav Malher: des Knaben Wunderhorn (29')

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CHILLY GONZALES & KAISER QUARTET LIVE AT THE GALERIE DE LA BIBLIOTHèQUE DE VERSAILLES // 70' - 2015

The pianist Chilly Gonzales is one of the most interesting and complex musicians of his generation. It’s in a building full of history with an amazing aura that this concert takes place: the galeries of the Bibliothèque de Versailles.
The former Hôtel des Affaires Etrangères in the time of Louis XV, designed by the geographer-engineer Jean-Baptiste Berthier, the library consists of seven linked rooms, where books have replaced the boxes of archives and in which Bachelor's beautifully...

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ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE // 68' - 2015

Stemming from Greek mythology and Latin literature (The Aeneid), the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the incredibly beautiful and painful stories to have been retold over and over again throughout the history of music. From Monteverdi to Offenbach, through Gluck and Berlioz, the myth has gone through many adaptations and never fails to move.
It’s the original Viennese version, composed in 1762 by Christoph Willibald Gluck, that Laurence Equilbey has chosen to perform here in...

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GUSTAVO DUDAMEL AT THE PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS // 103' - 2015

An evening featuring two giants of the nineteenth century: symphonic excerpts from Wagner operas respond to Beethoven’s “Fate” Symphony, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.
A worthy product of El Sistema (the Venezuelan classical music education programme for children), Gustavo Dudamel has a track record of success as a guest and honorary conductor of leading orchestras such as the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and...

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ELIJAH (MENDELSSOHN) // 133' - 2014

Created in August 1846, at the Birmingham Festival, this oratorio is a real popular success since its first representation, which was aclaimed by two thousand people. It depicts perfectly Mendelssohn’s classical and romantic trends.
The libretto is based on the Old Testament, relating three events of Elijah’s life.
Someone picturesque, with lots of passion and zeal who progresses in the knowledge of God and Himself.
The libretto focuses particularly on the Book of Kings,...

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STEVE REICH / KRISTJAN JäRVI // 98' - 2014

The American composer Steve Reich is known to be one of the pioneers in the field of minimal music. This branch of the classical music is born in the 1960’s in the United-States and is based upon the repetition as composition structure. Steve Reich himself, to interpret some of his most famous compositions (such as “Clapping hands”) joins for this concert the Estonian-American director Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
Recorded at the Salle Pleyel in...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK VII // 137' - 2014

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK VI IN VENICE // 70' - 2014

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK VI // 74' - 2014

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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CHOSTAKOVITCH, CELLO CONCERTO N°1 IN E FLAT MAJOR, OP. 107 // 28' - 2014

Composed in a difficult period of Chostakovich's life who then suffers from poliomyelitis, this concerto is dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. The musical motif DSCH occurs clearly in this work. In the final Chostakovich used Stalin’s favorite Russian melody, “Suliko”, but deforming it in an ironic gloomy way to show that even long time after the death of Stalin, Chostakovich had not forgotten the persecutions from whom he was the victim.


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BRAHMS: SYMPHONY N°3 IN F-MAJOR OP. 90 // 35' - 2014

Composed in 1883 in Wiesbaden, Symphony No.3 aroused a great deal of enthusiasm, especially from Hans Richter, who nicknamed it the Eroica. The work was inspired by Schumann, and angered Wagner fans when it was played for the first time. Scored for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, the symphony consists of four movements.

DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of artists created by violinist David...

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SCHUBERT, STRING QUARTET N° 15 IN G MAJOR D.887, OP. 161 // 47' - 2014

This string Quartet, written by Franz Schubert in ten days in June 1826, is the fifth and final composed for this kind of ensemble. This quartet is characterized by its polyphonic extent, its contrasts and structural complexity. It includes four movements : Allegro molto moderato, Andante un poco moto, scherzo Allegro vivace, Allegro assai

DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of artists created by violinist...

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ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG, CHAMBER SYMPHONY N°2, OP. 38 // 23' - 2014

The chamber symphony op.38 # 2 is an orchestral work written in 1939. Schönberg began its composing shortly after the first symphony, but finished it 33 years later. This partition is the witness of a musical turnaround in the late 30’s: the composer have successively explored tonal music and twelve-tone technique.

Schoenberg composed unstable, irresolvable melodies (like Wagner). He also hated sequences and any form of textual "predictability". He was looking for perpetually...

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BRAHMS: SYMPHONY N ° 1 IN C MINOR, OP.68 // 46' - 2014

Johannes Brahms composed his first symphony late in life, beginning it in 1862 and completing in 1876. Legend has it that his decision to tackle the genre was prompted by his finding a pen on Ludwig van Beethoven’s tomb in 1862. It represented the return to the great classical symphony, while fashion was for "Programme music" of the late Romantics and the last operas of Richard Wagner.

DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart,...

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HENRI DUTILLEUX, MYSTÈRE DE L'INSTANT // 24' - 2014

Dutilleux has proposed to seize the moment to organize musical time differently.
The word "mystery" should be understood in its broadest sense, without excluding its spiritual resonance. As sometimes said Henri Dutilleux, the act of writing music is similar to a ceremony, "with its mystery and magic." How one idea rather than another comes up to be an evidence during the creation-making?

DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of...

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HENRI DUTILLEUX : AINSI LA NUIT (THUS THE NIGHT) // 21' - 2014

Composed between 1971 and 1977, Henri Dutilleux wrote this string quartet in memory of the American art-lover Ernest Sussman. It is comprised of seven sections, first created in isolation and then linked by "parentheses". This unique quartet illustrates the concept of memory through the principle of variation and prefiguration and, whilst being entirely of its own time, challenges composition in the tradition of the Viennese school.

DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The...

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MOZART, CONCERTOS FOR VIOLIN N°1, N°2, N°3, N°4, N°5 // 112' - 2014

Passionate about freedom and sharing and eschewing conservatism, Les Dissonances brings the freshness back to Mozart’s five violin concertos. Led by David Grimal's Stradivarius, the twenty-six-piece ensemble reveals the luminosity and virtuosity of these works.
Composed in his youth, the violin concertos are Mozart’s first attempts at this musical form. Although concertos 1 and 2 are still inspired by the “gallant” style, those that follow show greater complexity and mastery.
This...

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LAURENCE EQUILBEY, ACCENTUS & INSULA ORCHESTRA : CORONATION MASS (MOZART) // 73' - 2014

For this concert recorded at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Laurence Equilbey has compiled a programme combining major works from the repertoire and unusual discoveries.
First, the famous Coronation Mass by Mozart, heard for the first time at the coronation of Emperor Leopold (but composed 12 years beforehand). The performance reveals the grandiose and extrovert nature of the work, without forgetting the most tender and intimate passages dedicated to the soloists.
Then come two...

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SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER CONDUCTS BACH, HAENDEL & RAMEAU // 107' - 2014

The English conductor John Eliot Gardiner conducts The English Baroque Soloists on period instruments, within the prestigious setting of the Royal Chapel of Versailles.

An exceptional musical programme, bringing together three emblematic sacred works by 3 of the greatest composers of the 18th century.
Three temperaments, three musical styles:
- The great Motet In Convertendo by Jean-Philippe RAMEAU
- The cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden by J.S. BACH
-...

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BARTOK & BEETHOVEN // 100' - 2013

The Orchestre National de France, conducted by Bernard Haitink, proposes a two-part concert to pay tribute to two great composers :

- Béla Bartók : Concerto for orchestra BB 123
- Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony n°3 of half flat opus 55 , the so-called "Eroica"

The first concerto by Bartok is one of his most important pieces. From beginning to end, the music gradually changes from heavy and gloomy emotions to a positive vitality for life.
Then,...

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THE CHILDHOOD OF CHRIST (BERLIOZ) // 103' - 2013

This oratorio for soloists, choir, orchestra and organ, composed in 1854 by the French composer Hector Berlioz, recounts three scenes of the Christ’s life, from his birth to his 30 years old : Herod’s Dream, The Flight to Egypt and The Arrival at Sais.
Filmed at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis near Paris, this concert conducted by James Colon (director of the Los Angeles Opera) is in memory of the famous conductor Sir Colin Davis, who played an important role in rediscovering the...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK V // 70' - 2013

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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GÉRARD GRISEY, VORTEX TEMPORUM // 47' - 2013

Abolish the material in favor of pure duration is a dream I have been pursuing for many years. Vortex Temporum is maybe an arpeggio in space and time, beyond our acoustic window, and that my memory has left swirling through months…


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a collective of artists created by violinist David Grimal. The musical ensemble without conductor, has an absolute liberty of programming choices....

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SCHUBERT, SYMPHONIE N°8 "UNFINISHED" // 24' - 2013

Because it has only two movements, it is still known as the "Unfinished Symphony" (German: Die Unvollendete). It seems surprising that Schubert was unable to compose two other movements to complete a symphony so firmly initiated. How to understand this sudden decline of his musical inspiration? To this question, several hypotheses have been advanced, but the most credible one remains the discovery by Schubert of his syphilis.


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The...

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JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU, LE GRAND THÉÂTRE DE L'AMOUR // 102' - 2013

Love is everywhere and forever. The world of Baroque opera is certainly no exception, because whether they are Gods or men, nobody can escape Cupid's arrows.
Sabine Devieilhe and Alexis Kossenko selected the most beautiful movements from Rameau’s operas to let us feel the pleasures and the torments of love. Sabine Devieilhe sings all the roles, giving voice to voluptuous mistresses, languishing queens and offended goddesses.
Innocent or lustful, happy or desperate, from hope to...

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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN B FLAT MAJOR, OP. 60 // 33' - 2013

In the Autumn of 1806, Beethoven was staying in Silesia with his main patron, Prince Lichnowsky, who gave him a large allowance and showed a great deal of interest in him. This friendship ended with a violent quarrel, provoked by Beethoven, who refused to play for visiting French officers (Germany being then occupied by Napoleon).
The Fourth Symphony is the only one of Beethoven’s works that was commissioned. While he was staying with Lichnowsky, a neighbouring lord, Count von...

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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY N°8 IN F MAJOR, OP. 93 // 25' - 2013

Beethoven spent the summer of 1812 in Bohemia, in the spas of Teplitz and Carlsbad. It was in Teplitz, where he wrote his famous love letter to his "Immortal Beloved," that he composed most of the Eighth Symphony, continuing immediately on from the Seventh.
The symphony is distinguished by its simplicity and its overall duration, which returns to the classical proportions of the First Symphony. Only the finale brings a little extravagance, contrasting with the conventional form of the...

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BRAHMS, SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN E MINOR, OP. 98 // 40' - 2013

Unlike the two previous symphonies, that were created in Vienna, this symphony was premiered on the 25th of October 1885 in Meiningen by the Meininger Hofkapelle under the direction of the composer, and it was a success. Brahms and Hans von Bülow, conductor of the Meiningen orchestra, then took it in turns to conduct the orchestra during a tour of Germany and the Netherlands. Before the public premier, the symphony was unveiled at a private concert in a version for two pianos, played by Brahms...

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BRAHMS: STRING SEXTET NO.1 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 18 // 38' - 2013

This sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos was completed in 1860 in Ham. Nicknamed the "Spring Sextet”, the first two movements have a pastoral air. This work has to be played with exceptional commitment to reveal its true nature, which is exactly what Les Dissonances do here. It is driven by a simplicity, energy and nobility that reflect Brahms’ tormented soul at that time. Incidentally, Louis Malle used the sextet in his film "The Lovers".


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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY # 3 OP. 55, «EROICA» // 49' - 2013

Beethoven firstly devoted this symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte but the composer gave up this idea when he learned that the first consul was crowned emperor. He then renamed it in memory of a great man, though it has been finally dedicated to his main patron, the Prince of Lobkowitz. This symphony is one of Beethoven's most popular and forshadows the musical Romantism.


DAVID GRIMAL & LES DISSONANCES
The Dissonances, homage to the famous quartet of Mozart, is a...

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VLADIMIR COSMA AT THE GRAND REX // 121' - 2013

An anthology of the best movie soundtracks composed by Vladimir Cosma , performed by l'Orchestre National de Belgique and les Choeurs du 7ème art.
The Genius child coming from a musicians family in Bucharest made the conservatory in Romania then entered the Paris Conservatory in 1964. His first film score will be that of Alexander the Blessed, then he will sign the great success worldwide known : The tall blond with a black chuassure, Diva, The adventures of Rabbi Jacob, La Boum, La...

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THE OFFENBACH ANTHOLOGY // 2 x 43' - 2013

During this special concert, recorded in the birthplace of the composer of "La Vie Parisienne", Les Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski, perform some of Jacques Offenbach’s greatest works, as well as extracts from the "The Rhine Nixies", an opera in German in which we already see the full force of the composer’s orchestration.
A "bilingual" concert, sparkling with joy and good humour.
Symphonic and operatic excerpts: The Rhine Nixies, La Belle Hélène, Fantasio, Grand...

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PETER AND THE WOLF // 30' - 2013

Rediscover the most famous masterpiece of classical music: "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev in a wonderful new and innovative adaptation, especially for children.

This 30-minute film cleverly mixes live music and animation, with the complicity of the Orchestre National de France, conducted by Maestro Daniele Gatti.

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK IV // 63' - 2012

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK II // 70' - 2012

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK III // 68' - 2012

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY N°6 OP. 68, "PASTORAL" // 43' - 2012

Unlike most of Beethoven’s works, the 6th symphony refers to real world themes and wild nature phenomenons, hence "Pastoral". Created in Vienna on december 22nd 1808, its structure is not the classical one for a symphony : five movements instead of four, each one illustrating a particular episode of the countryside life.

I - Allegro ma non troppo
II - Andante molto moto
III – Allegro
IV - Allegro
V – Allegretto


DAVID GRIMAL &...

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HAYDN, "SUNRISE" QUARTET, OP.76, NO. 4 // 20' - 2012

The "Sunrise" quartet owes its name to the theme that begins the work: it evokes the special moment when the light shines forth beginning a new and inevitably joyous and unforgettable day, if we are to believe the dazzling acceleration of this quartet.
It is part of a group of six quartets, composed at the same time as "The Creation" and dedicated to Count Joseph Erdödy, the autograph scores of which have been lost.
Along with Op.20, this set, remarkable in its perfection,...

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MOZART’S MASS IN C CONDUCTED BY LAURENCE EQUILBEY // 61' - 2012

This "Mass in C" is no ordinary concert. We are the special guests at a magical moment in the company of one of the world’s greatest conductors and some of its most talented soloists and musicians.
The wonderful and secret Grand Séminaire chapel in Issy les Moulineaux is only open to the public on Heritage Days. Within this sacred, intimate and grandiose chapel - three adjectives that also fit Mozart’s "Mass in C" – Laurence Equilbey leads both the Accentus choir and the Insula...

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ANTOINE’S FOUR SEASONS // 26' - 2012

Ten year-old Anthony has red hair, as did Antonio Vivaldi. For his birthday, his grandfather gives him a book. He would have preferred a video game, but what can you expect from a grandfather who spends his time building violins in his workshop? But this is a magic book! When you draw in it, it plays the Four Seasons: it’s an activity book, a herbarium, a sketchbook... The orchestra playing the music is inside the book, on the other side of each page... drawings come to life and join the...

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MONTEVERDI’S MADRIGALS, BOOK I // 42' - 2011

Paul Agnew’s monumental project to perform all eight books of Monteverdi’s madrigals in just four years seems as ambitious as performing the complete works of Bach! A bold challenge, like the work itself. Contained within these eight Books are the foundations of modern music, from the end of the Renaissance madrigal born of Franco-Flemish art, to court ballets (the Ballo Delle Ingrate) and operatic scenes ("The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda"). For Monteverdi, this means half a century of...

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BEETHOVEN, STRING QUARTER N° 9, IN C MAJOR, OP.59 N°3 // 30' - 2011

One of Beethoven's most beautiful string quartets performed by exceptional musicians.
Composed in 1806 and published in January 1808, it is the last of the three quartets dedicated to Prince Andrey Razumovsky, whose name it bears.
This quartet was composed during the very productive year of 1806, which also saw the composition of the two other quartets in the same opus (Nos. 7 and 8), the Fourth Piano Concerto, the Fourth Symphony and the Violin Concerto. It is the only one of the...

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HECTOR BERLIOZ AT THE ROYAL OPERA OF VERSAILLES // 81' - 2011

In 1848 Berlioz conducted a concert at Versailles for the inauguration of the Paris-Versailles railway line. The audience was very large: more than 400 musicians and singers took part and the ticket was coupled with a train ticket to and from the capital.
In tribute, Marc Minkowski is making the golden ceilings of Versailles resound once again with the music of Berlioz. He has invited two exceptional soloists to perform in this space, whose acoustics were well known to the composer: Anne...

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FRANCESCO TRISTANO - TAKE AWAY SHOW // 2'50'' + 5'40'' - 2011

In an empty theatre, a young pianist named Francesco Tristano sits alone on stage at his piano, playing a Bach piece with quiet confidence.
Then comes an improvisation on piano and machines.
A ballet develops between the camera and the classical pianist during these two Take Away concerts.

- J.S. Bach : Partita No. 1 in B flat Major BWV 825 | A take away Show (2’50’’)
- Tristano Introit | A take away Show (5’40’’)

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VIVALDI, THE FOUR SEASONS OP.8 / ASTOR PIAZZOLA, FOUR SEASONS OF BUENOS AIRES // 68' - 2010

Live recording of the dialogue between Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, op.8 and Astor Piazzola's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
Performed by David Grimal and Les Dissonances

I Concerto n°1 en mi majeur, RV 269 La primavera
II verano Porteno
III Cocerto n°2 en sol mineur, RV315 L'Estate"
IV Otono Porteno
V Concerto n°3 en Fa majeur RV 293 "L'autunno"
VI Invierno Porteno
VII Concerto N°4 en fa majeur, RV 297
VIII L'invierno,...

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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MAJOR, OP. 21 // 27' - 2010

Although still in the style of Mozart and Haydn, the audacious form and orchestration of Beethoven's First Symphony marks a turning point from the classical technique.
The third movement, classical manner "menuetto", is close to a Romantic scherzo: the tempo is much faster than a traditional menuet. The symphony was initially criticized for heavy musical score, particularly in the winds, but was acclaimed by audiences and quickly became one of Beethoven’s most popular works.

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BEETHOVEN, SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN A MAJOR, OP. 92 // 43' - 2010

Beethoven uses an extraordinary palette of rhythms, colours and nuances in this work, increasing the contrasts and creating a sensation of perpetual motion. Wagner said "this symphony is the apotheosis of dance itself." This dancing character reaches its peak in the final, Dionysian scherzo. Yet at its creation, it was the second movement, a slow and solemn march, which excited the most admiration and enthusiasm.

I - Poco Sostenuto - vivace
II - Allegretto
III -...

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THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS // 26' - 2010

Every night, a father tells his son a bedtime story to help him fall asleep. Like a challenge, the child always choses the same book, a serious book with score sheets, photos of the Orchestra and drawings of animals - the book is "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens.
This book which seems a little austere, is transformed by the complicity of the father and his son, it becomes animated, it plays music : The Carnival of the Animals comes to life.

A story for...

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ODES TO ST. CECILIA // 87' - 2009

Saint-Cécilia’s Odes by Haydn, Haendel & Purcell rehearsed in Paris & played in the MC2’s wood auditorium in Grenoble for Purcell’s, Haydn’s and Haendel’s year.

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THE GLORIA, VIVALDI // 48' - 2009

In a small town in northern Italy, at early dusk, Sara Mingardo joins Rinaldo Alessandrini in the church where he is recording the Gloria by Vivaldi, with the singers and the musicians of the Concerto Italiano.

With the score sheet in her hands, Sara follows with care the different pieces of the famous Gloria RV 589 (and several variations of the lesser known Gloria RV 588).
The beauty of the music and Sara's imagination carry her away and she finds herself imagining the...


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