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Ebene Quartet plays “Fiction” at www.medici.TV

The Paris-based Ebène Quartet is making waves in concert and on a new Virgin Classics recording with its new genre-bending program “Fiction”, which features improvisations and arrangements of themes from film soundtracks, jazz standards and rock classics.  Now, listeners can enjoy a free webcast of the program live from Paris’s famed Folies Bergère on Monday, November 15 (6pm GMT) at www.medici.TV.  With “Fiction”, the Ebène takes on and transforms unforgettable tunes by the likes of the Beatles (“Come Together”), Miles Davis (“Someday My Prince Will Come”), Astor Piazzola (“Libertango”), Bruce Springsteen (“Streets of Philadelphia”), Wayne Shorter (“Footprints”), and Charlie Chaplin (“Smile”), as well as the quartet’s already talked-about spin on Misirlou,” a tune made famous by surf guitarist Dick Dale and by its inclusion in the film Pulp Fiction.  Joining the Ebène are the dazzling French soprano Natalie Dessay (singing Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” and Michel Legrand’s “What Are You Doing the Rest of your Life”), singer-songwriter Stacey Kent (singing Jobim’s “Corcovado”), Spanish pop singer Luz Casal, and drummer Richard Héry.
Gramophone’s November issue features a rave review of a recording of the Ebène’s “Fiction” program, recently released in Europe by Virgin Classics and to be available in early 2011 here in the States.  Noting the “substance and strength” of the musical material, the group’s effortless shifts from one musical style to the next, the “jaw-dropping virtuoso moments,” and the superb contributions of the guest artists, Gramophone’s reviewer concludes, “[It] all adds to the overwhelming impression that the Ebène Quartet have not so much dragged the medium [of the string quartet] screaming and shouting into the 21st century but have managed to invent a completely new genre.”
A video excerpt of the Ebène playing “Misirlou” is available here:
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A list of upcoming live webcasts and VOD offerings available this fall from follows below.
Upcoming live events, webcast free on

Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm – live
Auditorium de Lyon
Orchestre National de Lyon; Choeurs et Solistes de Lyon-Bernard-Tétu / Serge Baudo
Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) 

Concerts to watch again, free of charge, at www.medici.TV

– Closing concert of the Lucerne Festival, with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Vienna Philharmonic (available until November 18)
– Stradivarius Concert of the Nippon Music Foundation with Steven Isserlis, Sergey Khachatryan, Martin Beaver, Viviane Hagner, Akiko Suwanai, Manrico Padovani, the Tokyo String Quartet (available until December 7) 
– The Berlin Philharmonic Octet performing a beautiful chamber music concert at the Auditorium du Louvre, conducted by concert-master Guy Braunstein
– The Orchestre National de Lyon playing Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Also Sprach Zarathustra
– Watch concerts on iPhone with its free app

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