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.
Messagesquisse © Universal Edition AG
Music by Pierre Boulez
Recorded in agreement with Universal Edition AG
Vortex Temporum I II III © Ricordi
Music by Gérard Grisey
Recorded in agreement with Ricordi
Le Balcon is associated artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac.
Maxime Pascal is a musical advisor to the Fondation Singer-Polignac, focusing on contemporary creation.
Opera for 12 soloists (voice, 10 instrumentalists, dancer), wind ensemble, and men's choir with organ