Join acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, les Violons du Roy, and conductor Mathieu Lussier in a scintillating program for piano and orchestra, with works by Ibert, Strauss II, and Wagner, and the world premiere of Oscar Strasnoy's latest Création, composed especially for them.
Rarely does a concert hall burst with music of such personality and creativity as does Quebec's Salle Bourgie in this exciting program! The adventure begins with Ibert’s 1929 suite Divertissement pour orchestre de chambre, a work drawn from his incidental music to Eugène Labiche’s slapstick play, Un Chapeau de paille d’Italie (A Straw Hat from Italy), the tale of a groom’s wedding day (mis)adventures in search of a certain straw hat. Then comes the world premiere of Creation for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, a new piece by French-Argentine composer, conductor, and pianist Oscar Strasnoy, a many-talented musician acclaimed in particular for his twelve stage works.
The program’s second half opens with Johann Strauss II’s Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (“Emperor Waltz”). Composed for the 1889 meeting in Berlin of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I and German Kaiser Wilhelm II, the work was originally titled “Hand in Hand,” but the title later changed according to Strauss II’s publisher’s suggestion that “Emperor Waltz” was a name that would invite the good favor of both emperors. The final work on the program, Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, was composed as a surprise birthday present for his new wife Cosima, and later renamed after their newborn son Siegfried. On the happy morning of their birthday celebration (Christmas Day 1870), Wagner had a small group of musicians perform the symphonic poem to awaken her.
Resolutely international, the career of Alexandre Tharaud has led the artist to the four corners of the world. This concert finds him in Montreal in the company of Mathieu Lussier and the ensemble Les Violons du Roy. After three tours, two albums, and numerous exciting concerts together.
Alexandre Tharaud appears courtesy of Erato Warner Classics
Photo: Alexandre Tharaud © Marco Borggreve
Directed by Mariano Nante
Verbier Festival 2012