Kazuki Yamada conducts Escaich, Saint-Saëns and Ravel with Edgar Moreau (cello)TOULOUSE NATIONAL CAPITOL ORCHESTRE Three composers present a history of French music, of its colors and its moods. From the renaissance of French music with Camille Saint-Saëns, via the masterpieces of Maurice Ravel to contemporaries such as Thierry Escaich, young French cellist, Edgar Moreau, laureate at the last Victoires de la Musique, and conductor Kazuki Yamada, admirer of this repertoire, invite us to discover some dazzling scores. Grand Prix winner of the 51st Besancon International Young Orchestral Conductors competition in 2009, Kazuki Yamada is now one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. For his fourth consecutive season guest appearance on the Orchestra du Capitole podium he will conduct a repertoire dear to his heart: one of French music. Cello prodigy, Edgar Moreau, aged just 21 has already won numerous prizes and awards. In particular, he was nominated “Instrumental Soloist 2015” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Already a solo performer at the age of eleven with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio of Turin, he has since pursued an international career with the most prestigious of orchestras such as the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Philharmonics, the French National Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. Program: Conductor: Kazuki Yamada Cello: Edgar Moreau ESCAICH / Fragments symphoniques from the opera, "Claude" SAINT-SAËNS / Concerto for cello and orchestra n°1 in A minor, op.33 RAVEL / Daphnis and Chloé, Orchestral Suite n°2 RAVEL / Bolero for orchestra
Norma de Vincenzo Bellini - Gran Teatre del LiceuIf 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. Norma is a classical heroine, passionate and revengeful, and her dilemma provides the starting point for the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. Though the first performance was a failure, Norma went on to become an established favourite. It first came to the Liceu in 1847, not long after its official opening, and was, in fact, the third opera to be staged there.
Lyric tragedy in two acts. Libretto by Felice Romani based on the play by Alexandre Soumet. Music by Vincenzo Bellini. Premiered on 26 September 1831 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. First performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 16 October 1847. Last staged at the Liceu on 30 July 2007.
Conductor / Renato Palumbo
Stage Direction / Kevin Newbury
Scenography / David Korins
Costumes / Jessica Jahn
Lighting / D. M. Wood
Co-Production / Gran Teatre del Liceu, San Francisco Opera,
Chicago Lyric Opera and Canadian Opera Company
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Cast:
Pollione: Gregory Kunde Oroveso: Raymond Aceto Norma: Sondra Radvanovsky
Adalgisa: Ekaterina Gubanova
Clotilde: Anna Puche Flavio: Francisco Vas
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Matthews, Gershwin and Shostakovich with Yuja WangMichael Tilson Thomas, principal guest conductor at the LSO, celebrates his 70th birthday with a British and Russian program, while retaining an accent of America, his native land. He is joined by the sensational young pianist, Yuja Wang, who performs Gershwin’s very popular concerto. And Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the American première of Colin Matthews’ work, “Hidden Variables”, a commission from the LSO dating from the time Matthews was associate composer at the orchestra. Michael TILSON THOMAS / conductor Yuja WANG / piano COLIN MATTHEWS Hidden Variables GERSHWIN Concerto in F SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony N° 5