The French
Touch

Berlioz - Ravel - Saint-Saëns - Debussy

In this all-French program to be performed by the OM on its European tour, the voice of Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été transports us through musical poems whose flashes of impressionism and symbolism signal the end of French romanticism. The frenzied violence of Ravel under the fingers of pianist Alexandre Tharaud, the delicate balance of Saint-Saëns under the bow of Jean-Guihen Queyras and the imposing impressionism of Debussy’s La Mer under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin re-create that time of transition when nationalism and humanism, the horrors of war and the hope for a better world, meditative moments and the sweet folly of jazz all collide.

 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Alexandre Tharaud

Jean-Guihen Queyras

22

November
7:30pm

Location

Maison symphonique de Montréal

 
conductor

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

contralto

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

piano

Alexandre Tharaud

Cello

Jean-Guihen Queyras

Works

BERLIOZ

Les Nuits d’été

RAVEL

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

SAINT-SAËNS

Cello Concerto No. 1

DEBUSSY

La Mer