Joan at the Stake – Featuring Marion Cotillard

Oratorio by Arthur Honegger, text by Paul Claudel

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Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)

Marc Soustrot — Conductor

Marion Cotillard — Jeanne d’Arc

Xavier Gallais — Brother Dominique

Yann Beuron — A voice, Porcus, Herald I, Chaplain

Maria Hinojosa — The Virgin

Marta Almajano — Marguerite

Aude Extrémo — Catherine

Anna Moreno-Lasalle — Mother of Barrels

Eric Martin-Bonnet — A voice, Herald II, Peasant

Carles Romero Vidal — Herald, the ass, Bedford, J. de Luxembourg, Grinder Trusty, Peasant

Pep Planas — The Usher, R. de Chartres, G. de Flavy, Perrot, Priest

Vivaldi choir

Lieder Càmera choir

Madrigal choir

Program notes

Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard joins the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra) for a performance of Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher, broadcast live on!

By Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher (1938) is an imposing oratorio. Unlike other banal versions of the myth, the libretto is a highly original creation by French poet and playwright Paul Claudel, who perfectly dramatises the last moments of the martyr's life. Honegger highlights all the anguish and tension of Joan's interrogation and subsequent execution. Originally written for actress Ida Rubinstein, an excellent ballerina and actress who was the first to perform the part, the oratorio is written as a flashback in which Joan recalls her life, just before she dies. A great film composer, Honegger creates visually evocative ambiances and fills the orchestra with new sounds (saxophones, ondes Martenot). The initial prologue to the piece was added in 1944 as a symbol of the resistance during the Nazi occupation of France: again, Joan goes beyond her own story.

Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher
©1938, by Honegger, Arthur Oscar & Claudel,Paul Louis Charles. Authorized by Francis Salabert Ed. S.A. to Universal Music Publishing S.L. All rights reserved.

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