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The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performs Debussy, Messiaen and Saint-Saëns
With Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Travel back in time with Myung-Whun Chung who conducts three iconic composers from the French 20th century: Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen and Camille Saint-Saëns.

The great success encountered by's partnership with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France leads to another season of live concerts! First broadcast from this 2013-2014 series: the orchestra pays tribute to three great French composers of the past century...

The concert opens with the rarely performed Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra by Debussy, performed by Nicolas Baldeyrou, the orchestra's first clarinet since 2011 and an internationally reknowned soloist. Composed in 1910 for the Paris Conservatory's clarinet competition, this masterpiece is best-known in its version for clarinet and piano.

The orchestra then plays Olivier Messiaen's L'Ascension followed by Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3 with organ. Those two works were recorded by Myung-Whun Chung with the Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille twenty years ago in 1993...

Picture: © JF Leclerc.

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Broadcast date : Nov. 8, 2013, 7 p.m.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Myung-Whun Chung

Nicolas Baldeyrou clarinet
Christophe Henry organ

Location : Salle Pleyel (Paris, France)