Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Paris in February

A selection of events (classical music and opera) to see in Paris - February 2011.

Salle Pleyel

  • Wed 2: Orchestre de Paris and Alexandra Soumm (violin) perform Tchaikovsky, Glazunov followed by ODP's take on the 6th by Shostakovich
  • Sat 5: Staatskapelle Berlin with his awesomeness Daniel Barenboim: Bartok's piano concerto No.1 (with Yefim Bronfman!), and the Tchaikovsky's 5th
  • Sun 6: same performers: Bartok's piano concerto No.2, and the Tchaikovsky's 6th 
  • Wed 9 and Thu 10: Orchestre de Paris with its chorus will join Matthias Goerne and Chen Reiss in the  all-Fauré program  
  • Fri 11: Die Schöpfung by Haydn, performed by Le Concert Spirituel conducted by Hervé Niquet. Soloists: Sandrine Piau, Topi Lehtipuu, Andrew Foster-Williams 
  • Sat 12: Orchestre National de France conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner will play Petrushka. First part - La Mort de Cléopâtre by Berlioz with Anna Caterina Antonacci 
  • Mon 14: The world's best orchestra [Royal Concertgebouw] with the world's best conductor [Mariss Jansons] together with one of the best pianists today [Leif Ove Andsnes] - Need I say more?! (Ah if only the program was a bit more exciting...)
  • Wed 23, Thu 2: Always great fun to see performing, Boris Berezovsky, will toy with compositions by Bartok and Ravel. Plus: Orchestre de Paris with Josep Pons conducting 
  •  Fri 25: Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play the Ravel's concerto for the left hand, and the Wake of Birds by Messiaen. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung will add La Valse by Ravel and two pieces by Dukas
    Mon 28: Dvorak night by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and maestro Riccardo Chailly. In the first part Leonidas Kavakos

      Théatre des Champs-Elysées
      • Tue 1: András Schiff for a piano recital (all Schubert)
      • Wed 2: Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Frank Braley (piano) - Beethoven's sonatas
      • Thu 3: David Zinman will conduct Orchestre National de France and Thomas Zehetmair (violin) in an all Mozrat program, in addition to the Strauss' Zarathustra
      • Mon 7: Recital by Magdalena Kozená called Love Letters
      • Tue 8: The Seasons by Haydn, with Camilla Tilling, Werner Güra, and Roderick Williams. Maestro Olari Elts will conduct Ensemble orchestral de Paris
      • Sat 12: Patrick Cohën-Akenine  will conduct Les Folies Françoises for a concert performance of Teseo by Handel. Cast: Max Emanuel Cencic, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Emmanuelle de Negri, Xavier Sabata, Ana Quintans Clizia, and Damien Guillon
      • Sun 13: Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Tugan Sokhiev will accompany David Fray in an all-Beethoven concert. Call me jaded but may I say we've had enough of Beethoven's 7th! It's the 5th time in 2 months!
      • Sun 20: Misha Maïsky and Martha Argerich together with the Luzern Symphonic Orchestra and conducted by Neeme Järvi, to perform an interesting program which will be topped by the Symphony No.9 by Shostakovich
      • Mon 21 and Wed 23: Fidelio in concert. Cast: Melanie Diener, Jorma Silvasti, Matthias Goerne, Kurt Rydl, Sophie Karthäuser, Werner Güra, and Bálint Szabó. Orchestre National de France will be conducted (?) by Kurt Masur

        Théâtre du Châtelet

        • Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France lead by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in a series of 11 concerts, will celebrate the nordic and contemprary music by Salonen, Grieg, Rautavaara, Tormis, Hillborg, Ligeti, Lutoslawski... Check out the dates & program here

        Opéra  national de Paris - Opéra Bastille
        • Tue 1, Fri 4, Mon 7, Thu 10, Mon 14: Madame Butterfly (revival)  [dir-Robert Wilson, cnd-Maurizio Benini, Cast: Micaela Carosi, Enkalejda Shkosa, Anna Wall, James Valenti, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Scott Wilde, Carlo Bosi, Vladimir Kapshuk]  
        • Thu 3, Sun 6, Wed 9, Sat 12, Wed 16, Sat 19, Mon 21: Francesca da Rimini (new production at ONP) [dir- Giancarlo del Monaco, cnd-Daniel Oren, Cast: Roberto Alagna, William Joyner, Wojtek Smilek, Svetla Vassileva, Maria Virginia Savastano, George Ganidze, Louise Callinan, Manuela Bisceglie, Andrea Hill, Cornelia Oncioiu, Carol Garcia, Alexandre Kravets, Yuri Kissin, Alexandre Duhamel] -- more verismo for your ears only (I'm crossing this one out!)

        Opéra  national de Paris - Opéra Garnier

        • Tue 1, Fri 4, Mon 7, Thu 10, Sat 12, Mon 14, Thu 17: Giulio Cesare (TRUE NEW PRODUCTION) [dir-Laurent Pelly, cnd-Emmanuelle Haïm, Cast: Natalie Dessay, Isabel Leonard, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Christophe Dumaux, Nathan Berg, Dominique Visse, Aimery Lefèvre ]

        Opéra Comique 

        • Tue 1, Thu 3: Betrothal in a Monastery NEW PRODUCTION [dir-Martin Duncan, cnd-Tugan Sokhiev, Cast: Garry Magee, Anastasia Kaligina, Larissa Diadkova, Brian Galliford...]

        Cité de la Musique 

        • Fri 11: Ensemble intercontemporain conducted by Ludovic Morlot to perform music by Julian Anderson, Elliot Carter and Kaija Saariaho. Leigh Melrose will sing, and Jeanne-Marie Conquer - violin 
        • Sat 12: Old music by Monteverdi and his "contemporaries": Ensemble Musicatreize conducted by Roland Hayrabedian and several soloists 
        • Tue 15: The Fairy Queen (yay!) with Ed Lyon et al. New London Consort & Philip Pickett  
        • Wed 16: The Boston Camerata and a group of singers with assorted program of American songs (cycle The American Dream)  
        • Thu 24: A Dream Balad - musical/visual spectacle  
        • Fri 25: Ensemble intercontemporain conducted by François-Xavier Roth: music by Adams, Hackbarth, and Reich 
        • Sat 26:  June Anderson and the Chorus Accentus: recital - songs by Glass, Copland, Ives, Barber, and Bernstein

          Musée d'Orsay

          • Tue 1: piano recital by Charles Owen (Schumann, Fauré, Ravel)
          • Tue 8: piano recital by François Dumont (Debussy, Liszt, Ravel)
          • Thu 10: Simon Keenlyside - English songs recital  (Macolm Martineau on piano)

          Théâtre Athénée


          Paris sky is quite spectacular when there is Sun to make your cold days beautiful (even when it's chilly). See these 2 pics I took the other day [with only 2 minutes between them!]

          Nearby is my dear Musée d'Orsay (ancient railways station transformed in the world's best impressionist  museum)

          where --among many many superb paintings--  you can also see Olympia by Eduard Manet

           Cake pic - St. Valentine is coming to La Durée

          and one cool pic from Palais Garnier:


          1. It is a shame to cross out the Zandonai. Verismo it is not, more the overrripe late Romaticism at its most deliquescent.
            You would hate the Del Monaco production I'm sure with setting and costumes more suited to an Oscar Wilde comedy and totally missing the brutal sadistic side of the scenes with the psychotic brothers.

            The handling of the spear waving chorus was risible.
            The old ladies , however, at the Sunday matinee applauded the scenery and Roberto il Bello when he made his first vocal entry in powder blue.

            The cast is very fine especially Vassilieva, but Daniel Oren lingered too much over the Fin de Siecle beauties of the score while missing its overheated hot house excesses.

          2. Hi John. You'll get to see it on telly ;)

            I'll send you the link after the live broadcast (if you don't have access to Mezzo-TV?)