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The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France celebrates Pierre Boulez

With Pascal Rophé (direction)

A celebration of the French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Pascal Rophé.

Premiered in 1946, but reworked in 1989, Le Visage nuptial ("The Nuptial Face") is one of Pierre Boulez's most lyrical pieces. Written after a poem by René Char (excerpt from Fureur et Mystère), this secular cantata for soprano, contralto, women's choir and orchestra is a sensual work which evokes the colourful sonorities of Debussy. Divided in five movements, Le Visage nuptial is made up of contrasting musical parts bearing witness of the different influences that have marked Boulez's artistic path. Laura Aikin and Hilary Summers join forces with Pascal Rophé to perform Le Visage nuptial, a masterpiece wich, according to Dominique Jameux, "holds the 'aura' of works that have taken on mythic status."

This concert, broadcast live on from the Cité de la musique (Paris, France), will also be the opportunity to discover the French premières of Armonica by Jörg Widmann (with one of the greatest performers of glass harmonica, Christa Schoenfeldinger) and Change by Johannes Boris Borowski. The two works were both premiered under Boulez's baton, respectively in Vienna in 2007 and in Lucerne in 2008.

This concert will be webcast live on and

Picture: © Guy Vivien.

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Broadcast date : Feb. 25, 2014, 7 p.m.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Pascal Rophé conductor

Chœur de femmes de Radio France
Catherine Simonpietri chorus master

Laura Aikin soprano
Hilary Summers contralto

Christa Schoenfeldinger glass harmonica

Movie director : Christian Leblé

Location : Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
Production date : 2014

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