Due to a COVID-19 case in the orchestra, this concert, which was set to be medici.tv's 3,000th livestream, has been postponed (date to be announced). Please see above for a video message from our founder, Hervé Boissière.
For medici.tv's 3,000th live broadcast, we are delighted to bring you an instant classic, enchanting from start to finish, from Barcelona's spectacular Gran Teatre del Liceu: under the baton of newly appointed Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, the Paris Opera Orchestra put their unique spin on three longtime favorites of the repertoire!
The illustrious ensemble begin the spectacular evening with Ravel's delightful, Spanish-inflected Alborada del gracioso, an aubade (morning song) excerpted from Miroirs, a beloved suite of five piano pieces. The orchestral version heard here, transcribed by the composer himself, was an instant success, now as well-known as the piano original. Next up is a tribute to Paris: Mozart's brilliant Symphony No. 31! The relatively short symphony, written during a stay in the French capital, is lively, energetic, and full of contrasts, imbued throughout with a certain stateliness.
Finally, Maestro Dudamel and his world-class orchestra save something special for the end: the magnificent Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz. Inspired by Harriet Smithson, an Irish singer who became the composer's first wife, the symphony is a masterpiece of innovation in its orchestration and its depth; it is among the very first examples of program music, recounting different scenes in the life of an artist. For the 3,000th time on medici.tv, catch an exceptional musical event—full of symbolic and musical import—live on your screen as it happens, no matter where you are in the world!
Photo: Gustavo Dudamel © Julien Mignot
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