Press Room in September presents Slatkin, Angelich, Despax

Following a moving presentation of five live concerts from New York City’s Trinity Church to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 (those concerts are still available for on-demand streaming here), has an exceptional schedule of live international events for the rest of September. The lineup includes the season-opening concert of the Orchestre National de Lyon featuring music director Leonard Slatkin and guest piano soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, as well as a recital by violinist Akiko Suwanai with pianist Nicholas Angelich and another by up-and-coming pianist Emmanuel Despax. Also featured on this month are a solo Angelich recital from the 2010 Verbier Festival, John Cranko’s ballet The Lady and the Fool and a Bruno Monsaingeon film on the teachings of soprano great Julia Varady. In addition to these live webcasts, also offers an extensive library of video-on-demand programs available via subscription, featuring world-class artists – both legends from the past and many of today’s top stars – and leading musical institutions in performances, documentaries and archival material.
On September 15 at 6 p.m. GMT on, the Orchestre National de Lyon will open its 2011-12 season with music director Leonard Slatkin. The live program will include Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, as well as Ravel’s beloved Piano Concerto in G Major with one of today’s most scintillating keyboard artists, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
The Auditorium du Louvre will kick off its season on at 6 p.m. GMT on September 21 with the recital by violinist Akiko Suwanai and pianist Nicholas Angelich, who will perform the Violin Sonata in D minor by Schumann and the Violin Sonata in E-flat Major by Richard Strauss, along with Prokofiev’s tartly beautiful Five Melodies for Violin and Piano. Suwanai and Angelich have collaborated on several previous occasions, including for a popular Louvre broadcast on in 2009. Also from the Auditorium du Louvre comes the recital by Emmanuel Despax, live on September 22 at 10:30 a.m. GMT. The prize-winning French pianist’s program includes Ravel’s spectacularly challenging Gaspard de la Nuit and British composer Stephen Goss’s Portraits and Landscapes, as well as Liszt’s Légendes to help celebrate this year’s bicentennial of the composer’s birth.
Angelich’s recital from the 2010 Verbier Festival sees the American-born pianist perform a poetic mix of Bach, Chopin and Schumann’s Kreisleriana. Famed as a dramatist of dance, choreographer John Cranko (1927-73) conceived The Lady and the Fool to lesser-known music from 15 Verdi operas, arranged by the great conductor Charles Mackerras, who also leads the forces of Covent Garden in a performance from 1959. The Bruno Monsaingeon film on Julia Varady, Gesang als Passion, is devoted to the soprano’s artful way of teaching; from La Gioconda by Ponchielli to The Barber of Seville by Rossini, she dedicates herself wholly to imparting her wisdom to students, insisting on every expressive detail and singing in full voice with her young charges.
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September events live at
September 15, 6 p.m. GMT: Leonard Slatkin, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Orchestre National de Lyon
Auditorium de Lyon
Ravel, Berlioz
September 21, 6 p.m. GMT: Akiko Suwanai and Nicholas Angelich
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
Schumann, Strauss, Prokofiev
September 22, 10:30 a.m. GMT: Emmanuel Despax
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
Ravel, Liszt, Goss
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