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Norma de Vincenzo Bellini - Gran teatre del Liceu

If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. That is what Richard Wagner said about Vincenzo Bellini’s most famous opera, which he considered the most perfect example of a musical tragedy. And rightly so, because in Norma Italian Romanticism reached its pinnacle. This production, by up-and-coming American stage director Kevin Newbury, stresses the ritual aspects of the drama. In Roman-dominated Gaul, the high priestess Norma has broken her vow of chastity by entering a relationship with the Roman pro-consul Pollione and the birth of their two children has been kept secret. But when she discovers she has a rival, jealousy sets in....

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Gautier Capucon conducted by Vasily Petrenko

Soloist: Gautier Capuçon – celloConductor: Vasily PetrenkoTVEITT / A Hundred Folk TunesHAYDN / Cello concerto n°1TCHAIKOVSKY / Symphony n°1Gautier Capuçon, one of the most admired cellists of his generation, appreciated for his depth and sensitivity, performs Haydn’s joyful and melodic Cello Concerto, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra continues with the music of Tveitt, as resonant of Norway as is Grieg, but with a very different technique of tone and orchestration. The concert ends with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous First Symphony.

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tine Thing Helseth conducted by Vasily Petrenko

Soloist: Tine Thing Helseth – trumpetConductor: Vasily PetrenkoHAYDN/ TrumpetConcerto RACHMANINOFF / Symphony n°2Tine Thing Helseth, trumpeter specializing in the classical repertoire and incontestably one of the finest trumpeters of her generation, is accompanied by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. She performs Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Finally, the orchestra plays one of the Oslo public’s favorites: Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, which is no longer performed.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding & Paul Lewis

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding & Paul Lewis at the piano Daniel Harding / conductor Paul Lewis / piano JOHANNES BRAHMS / Concerto for piano n°1, op. 15 (with Paul Lewis / piano) MARK ANTHONY TURNAGE / Speranza Daniel Harding, musical director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducts British pianist Paul Lewis at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. They perform the first Concerto for piano by Johannes Brahms, which for some is a reflection of the mourning of his friend Robert Schumann, who died in 1856. Then, Daniel Harding will conduct the work by Mark Antony Turnage, "Speranza", for its first...

Nikolaï Luganski at the Grange de Meslay

César Franck / Prelude, Choral and Fugue Frederic Chopin / Nocturne opus 27 n°2 Serge Prokofiev / Sonata n°4 in C minor opus 29 Serge Rachmaninov / Preludes opus 32 As we celebrate 50 years of the Fêtes Musicales in Touraine, pianist Nicolai Lugansky opens the festival with performances of the works of Chopin, Franck, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. It is a programme in which Nicolai Lugansky, a pianist of extraordinary profundity, displays his virtuosity, his depth of interpretation and the sensitivity of his playing in the service of these works. “He is able to highlight the lyrical and poetic aspects of the music in a performance that is spontaneous...