The third edition of the Franco-Russes Festival in Toulouse comes to a thunderous conclusion! Catch the grand finale, filmed at the Halle aux Grains in the beautiful ville rose ("pink city") with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse under the expert direction of festival founder Tugan Sokhiev. They are joined by piano star Bertrand Chamayou for a dynamic program that includes dazzling modernism and enchanting romanticism, kicking off with Messiaen's Les Offrandes oubliées, a somber reflection on the composer's religious inspiration. Next, Chamayou lights up the hall with Liszt's fiery Piano Concerto No. 1, virtuosic and lively. To close out the evening and the 2021 festival, the orchestra interprets Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, a tragic and romantic masterpiece that unfolds under the sign of ineluctable fate, a recurrent motif throughout the timeless work.
Photo: Tugan Sokhiev, Bertrand Chamayou © Marco Borggreve