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The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France celebrates Pierre Boulez

With Pascal Rophé (direction)

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France celebrates Pierre Boulez With Pascal Rophé (direction)

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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."

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Program

  • Jörg Widmann, Armonica
  • Johannes Boris Borowski, Change
  • Pierre Boulez, Le Visage nuptial
    • Conduite
    • Gravité
    • Le Visage nuptial
    • Evadné
    • Post-scriptum

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Christian Leblé
  • Venue: Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: Feb. 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Production date: 2014

Associated event

Casting

  • Chœur de femmes de Radio France
  • Catherine Simonpietri | Chorus master
  • Laura Aikin | Soprano
  • Hilary Summers | Contralto
  • Christa Schoenfeldinger | Glass harmonica

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