This programme captures the musical encounter between one of the most talented conductors of his generation with arguably the best chamber orchestra musicians. They are joined by worldwide renowned pianist Hélène Grimaud in a programme featuring Strauss and Ravel, filmed in Paris in 2009.
Metamorphosen is one of the composer's last works. This long, dark movement was composed for 23 string instruments, and explores various themes and tones, without focusing on a particular structure. They also perform Le bourgeois gentilhomme, an orchestral suite written by Strauss between 1911 and 1917.
Ravel's Piano concerto in G Major makes us forget about the sombre atmosphere of Metamorphosen with the brilliant performance of Hélène Grimaud, a talented artist who has played with the greatest chamber musicians, such as Martha Argerich, Dmitri Bashkirov, Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Gil Shaham, Paul Meyer, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Christine Schäfer, Lisa Batiashvili, Thomas Quasthoff, Sol Gabetta, Gautier Capuçon and Renaud Capuçon. She has received various prestigious prizes and has recorded 22 albums.
Vladimir Jurowski, Jonathan Kent – Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira) – Glyndebourne Festival
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir