What is a symphony? What is the role of each instrument in the orchestra? What is a variation? What is a theme? In his Clefs de l'orchestre, Jean-François Zygel seeks to convey to a wide audience the keys to understanding a work from the symphony repertoire performed at the Maison de la Radio. Accompanied by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and prestigious conductors, the pianist decomposes the work with humour and provides a context for a clearer explanation.
The New World Symphony by Dvorák, the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz and the Bolero by Ravel are deciphered with words and music under the direction of this incomparable teacher and his piano, the faithful companion of his improvisations.
For this new episode of les Clefs de l'orchestre, Jean-François Zygel presents us with the concerto for orchestra by Béla Bartók, with the help of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and its musical director Myung-Whun Chung. This masterpiece of the 20th century, a wonderful summary of learned and popular influences, is explained by Jean-François Zygel through a question: How can a concerto be played by an orchestra?
Berliner Philharmoniker - Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Gidon Kremer (violin)
Verbier Festival 2007
Jean-François Zygel's music lesson