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concert Maxime Pascal conducts Boulez, Gesualdo, Grisey — With Jean-Guihen Queyras and Le Balcon Concert behind closed doors

Concert behind closed doors

Maxime Pascal conducts Boulez, Gesualdo, Grisey — With Jean-Guihen Queyras and Le Balcon Concert behind closed doors

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Join cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, along with conductor Maxime Pascal and his groundbreaking ensemble Le Balcon at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, for this wonderfully eclectic program. The closed-door event, titled "Je t'aime, ma vie" begins with Pierre Boulez’s Messagesquisse, a colourful work of high technical complexity highlighting Queyras's stunning prowess at the cello. Pascal then takes us worlds—and centuries—away from the opening act to a selection of madrigals by Renaissance composer (and notorious murderer) Carlo Gesualdo in an arrangement for soprano, four bassoons, electric guitar, and harp. The concert ends with Gérard Grisey’s hypnotic Vortex Temporum, a methodically wrought three-movement work in which "the expressive power and rigour of the musical thought are unmistakable" (The Guardian). With the participation of Pedro Garcia Velasquez and Marion Flament's robot-scuptures.

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Cast

  • Jean-Guihen Queyras | Cellist
  • Ensemble Le Balcon
  • Elisa Huteau | Cello
  • Louis Rodde | Cellist
  • Myrtille Hetzel | Cello
  • Askar Ishangaliyev | Cellist
  • Caroline Sypniewski | Cellist
  • Juliette Salmona | Cello
  • Norma Nahoun | Soprano
  • Les Francs Bassons
  • Giani Caserotto | Electric guitar
  • Clara Izambert | Harpist
  • Alphonse Cemin | Pianist
  • Julie Brunet-Jailly | Flutist
  • Joséphine Besançon | Clarinetist
  • Eun-Joo Lee | Violinist
  • Elsa Seger | Violist
  • Clotilde Lacroix | Cello
  • Maxime Pascal | Conductor

Program

  • Pedro Garcia-Velasquez, Un vaso de dicha (A glass of joy)
    • Set robot-sculptures 1 (sculptures by Marion Flament)
  • Pierre Boulez, Messagesquisse, for solo Cello and six Cellos
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Madrigali a cinque voci, Book 5
    • O dolorosa gioia, o soave dolore (Oh dolorous joy, Oh sweet suffering)
    • Qual fora, donna (What purpose, lady...?)
    • Se vi duol il mio duolo (If my sorrow saddens you)
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Madrigali a cinque voci, Book 6
    • Moro, lasso, al mio duolo (I die, alas, in my suffering)
  • Carlo Gesualdo, Madrigali a cinque voci, Book 5
    • "T'amo, mia vita!" (“I love you, my life”)
  • Gérard Grisey, Vortex Temporum
    • Vortex Temporum I
    • Vortex Temporum II
    • Vortex Temporum III

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Guillaume Klein
  • Venue: Fondation Singer-Polignac (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2020
  • Recording date: 2020-05-27
  • Duration: 1 h 28 min
  • Production: © medici.tv, Fondation Singer-Polignac & Kalison
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