Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Yannick Nézet-Séguin  conductor
Hélène Grimaud  piano

Hélène Grimaud, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Rotterdam orchestra between dawn and dusk

In this latest concert by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and its talented conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, there is a concept of dawn and dusk. The image of dawn gradually comes to the fore in Mahler's Symphony No. 1, like an initiation test we know was as much for the composer as for the young man in love the musician was at the time. It appears like a musical dazzlement, a first morning of music. In Bartók's third and final piano concerto, on the other hand, transpires the calm urgency of a man who knows he is dying. There is a serenity here, a light and a poetry that are very different to the "percussive" aspect of his earlier compositions. Pianist Hélène Grimaud had already transcribed this dimension in her recording made 10 years ago under the baton of Pierre Boulez. This is a concert where dawn and dusk will be bathed in light.


Extrait du Concerto pour piano n° 3 de Bartók interprété par Hélène Grimaud sous la direction de Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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