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Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony

Jean-François Zygel's Keys to the Orchestra

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Jean-François Zygel presents Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. Movement by movement, he dissects the German composer's work and explores its origins, inspirations, and musical richness. His explanations are musically illustrated by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Paul McCreesh.

Les Clefs de l'orchestre (“The Keys to the Orchestra”) is a pedagogical concert series hosted by Jean-François Zygel at Paris’ Maison de la Radio. Aiming to give a broad public the keys to understanding the symphonic repertoire, the pianist and improviser addresses fundamental questions like: What is a symphony? What is the role of each orchestral instrument? What is a variation? What is a theme? In the company of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of prestigious conductors, Zygel deconstructs symphonic masterpieces of Western classical music with humor, contextualizing the music and clarifying questions both fundamental and complex.

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Directed by:
Stéphan Aubé
Venue: Maison de Radio France, Salle Olivier Messiaen (Paris, France)
Production date: 2008
Recording date: 2007
Duration: 1 h 11 min
Production: © 2007 PDJ production / Radio France SCEREN - CNDP / naïve
Resolution: SD