Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Douglas Boyd conductor
Steven Isserlis cello
A charming voyage through French music, enhanced by Steven Isserlis's elegant performance of Saint-Saëns' first cello concerto
French music is often recognisable by its refined orchestration, rich polyphony, delicate instrumental solos, subtle singling out of timbres and precise writing, which means that works from different periods and in different styles seem to bathe in the same musical continuity. The Romantic Saint-Saëns and the colourist Ravel were already in search of "a series of snapshots", to borrow Henri Dutilleux's clever description of his own Mystère de l’instant. Sometimes a yearning for a "classical" past emerges in these compositions, such as Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, for example. This French classicism has fascinated many non-French composers, including Haydn, who wrote a group of six "Paris Symphonies".
L'Orchestre de chambre de Paris, dirigé par Thomas Zehetmair, répète la Symphonie n°1 de Mendelssohn au programme du concert du 24 septembre 2012