Orchestre de Paris Special
8th – 12th July
The evenings of July 8 to 12 on Stingray Classica are dedicated to five premieres featuring the magnificent Orchestre de Paris. Each evening features another world-class conductor who will lead the renowned orchestra, accompanied by some of the world’s greatest soloists! Starting Monday, Gautier Capuçon excels in Britten’s Cello Symphony Op. 68, followed by former child prodigy Sergey Khachatryan in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Halfway into the special, British conductor Daniel Harding shines his light on late romantic works by Mahler and Richard Strauss, while Thursday sees splendid performances of the seldom heard Double Concerto by Mendelssohn and only symphony by César Franck. The Orcheste de Paris-special on Stingray Classica closes with the pianistic virtuosity of Boris Berezovsky, performing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini, Op. 43. All concerts are recorded in the Salle the Pleyel in Paris.
Monday, July 8 | David Zinman & Orchestre de Paris
Conductor David Zinman leads the Orchestre de Paris through a program that includes Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, Britten’s Cello Symphony, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. The acclaimed and in-demand French cellist Gautier Capuçon is the featured soloist and certainly lives up to the many awards he has accumulated over the years. This concert was recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on November 19, 2014.
Tuesday, July 9 | Andris Nelsons conducts the Orchestre de Paris
Former child prodigy Sergey Khachatryan is featured with the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Andris Nelsons, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Among the Armenian violinist’s early accomplishments are the first prizes at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2005. Over the course of his career, he has performed with a variety of orchestras and conductors from all over Europe and the US. On this January 2012 recording from Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Khachatryan displays his talents on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major. First performed in 1806, the Violin Concerto did not enjoy much popularity until its 1844 revival by the orchestra of the London Philharmonic Society conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. On this night, Khachatryan and the Orchestre de Paris reaffirm the piece’s worth. The program concludes with Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony.
Wednesday, July 10 | Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in a program of Mozart, Mahler and Strauss. The concert opens with Mozart’s “Maurerische Trauermusik,” originally composed for a memorial service at a Vienna freemason lodge. The evening’s center piece, however, are Gustav Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” on poems by Rückert. Soloist is Christianne Stotijn, recipient of the “Echo Rising Star” and the “BBC New Generation Award”. The concert ends with “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss. This autobiographic piece shows the composer confronting his critics, citing earlier works dying in an apotheosis, but not without sketching the volatile character of his wife Paulette before launching into a wonderful musical declaration of love.
Thursday, July 11 | Louis Langrée conducts the Orchestre de Paris
Louis Langrée, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the New York Philharmonic, trades in his adopted home country for an evening with the Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel. The program opens with Brahms’ Tragic Overture. This seldom heard concert feature is followed by Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto with solo performances by Bertrand Chamayou and Jean-Frédérique Neuburger. The program ends with an airing of César Franck’s only symphony.
Friday, July 12 | Yutaka Sado conducts the Orchestre de Paris
Yutaka Sado, the Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Festival of Sapporo and Grand Prix of the coveted International Bernstein Competition in Jerusalem, conducts the Orchestre de Paris and pianist Boris Berezovsky in a program consisting of Jacques Ibert’s Divertissement, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, and excerpts of Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata, and Macbeth. This concert was recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, in 2013.