Ibrahim Maalouf in la Seine-Saint-Denis

Festival de Saint-Denis 2014

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Ibrahim Maalouf — Trumpeter

Sofi Jeannin — Conductor

Maîtrise de Radio France — Préparation au chœur d'oratorio

Les musiciens de Saint-Julien — Flutist, guitarist, percussionist, soprano, harpist, dulcimer

Clément Saunier — Trumpeter

Olivier Voisin — Trumpeter

Charly Villoteau — Trumpeter

Rodolph Puechbroussous — Trumpeter

Jean-Charles Dupuis — Trombonist

Thibault Mortegoute — Trombonist

Paul Manfrin — Trombonist

Kevin Roby — Trombonist

Maël Guezel — Peruvian Cajón

Thierry Gomar — Timpani

Program notes

In the magnificent Basilica of Saint-Denis, France, star trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, the maîtrise de Radio France, as well as a brass ensemble including Clément Saunier interpret and recompose Hildegard von Bingen's Canticles. The music of the 12th century composer and abbess finds new life under the fingers of Franco-Lebanese artist, laureate of the 2016 César Award for best film soundtrack, who deploys all of his creativity and sensitivity along the course of this concert.

One of the most poignant elements of this performance is Maalouf's use of unique extended techniques to recreate the plaintive and passionate chant of higher voices or to magnify harmonies. If one listens closely enough, one might also find virtuosic prowess such as melodies played on the quarter tone. This atypical program, along with its wonderful interpreters, allow us to immerse ourserlves in a new, captivating universe that we do not want to leave.

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