Press Room presents Thibaudet, Les Arts Florissants, and more this month

This month sees offer a French connection to classical music lovers the world over, presenting live concert broadcasts by Gallic stars – from pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Bertrand Chamayou to such ensembles as the early-music group Les Arts Florissants and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse conducted by the charismatic Tugan Sokhiev. Also, from May 11 to 13, will relay the Musicora festival live from Paris, with highlights including jazz violinist Didier Lockwood and pianist Jean-Francois Zygel teaming up for improvisations on themes by Debussy.
Since last autumn, has presented the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in concerts from its home venue of the Halle aux Grains, with events including such world-class soloists as Olga Borodina, Antoine Tamestit, Renaud Capucon, and Joseph Swensen. This month, music lovers can experience Tugan Sokhiev and his players with the virtuoso Thibaudet in the fabulous Salle Pleyel in Paris. Live on May 12 at 2pm EST, will broadcast Sokhiev and company from the Salle Pleyel in a French-accented program that includes Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Thibaudet will undertake the solo role in Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto.
On May 21 and 22, will follow Sokhiev and company to Buenos Aires, with a pair of live broadcasts from the hallowed Teatro Colón. The first concert will include the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Symphonie fantastique alongside Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G performed by rising star Bertrand Chamayou. The second concert will see Sokhiev lead the Toulouse orchestra in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Prelude to Khovantchina, with Chamayou as soloist in Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. Chamayou has been much feted for his performances of Liszt, with his recent Naïve recording of the composer’s Années de pèlerinage made an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine.
This month’s live concert with Les Arts Florissants – from Paris’s Cité de la Musique on May 26 – sees Paul Agnew conduct the peerless early-music ensemble in madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi (his complete Book III) and the Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert (1535-96), by whom the great Italian was keenly influenced.
From May 11 to 13, will relay Musicora – a festival of classical concerts and discussions – live from the Palais Brongniart in Paris. Performance highlights include not only Didier Lockwood and Jean-Francois Zygel improvising on themes by Debussy, but also concerts by the Ensemble Percussions Claviers de Lyon, including an arrangement of Debussy for marimbas, vibraphones, and xylophone; the period-instrument Orchestre Francais des Jeunes Baroque led by Reinhard Goebel, in repertoire ranging from Charpentier to Bach; the singers and instrumentalists of Ensemble Le Balcon, in a program that spans music from Fauré to Stockhausen; and Ensemble Calliopée, showcasing new works by young composer Krystof Maratka, a leading figure in contemporary European chamber music.
Beyond this month’s new offerings, the extensive library of on-demand programs on includes performances, documentaries, and archival features, available via subscription. These programs spotlight leading musical institutions and world-class artists, from golden-age legends to today’s top stars. Along with its must-see new opera productions, makes available the 30-plus films made by documentarian Christopher Nupen. These include not only priceless documents of cellist Jacqueline du Pré (such as Elgar’s Cello Concerto and a number of all-star chamber performances) but also films of Evgeny Kissin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Nathan Milstein. And now, complete on, are all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas as performed by Daniel Barenboim in 1983-84.
Critical praise accrues to with each passing month. The Toronto Star called “a seismic shift in the world of classical music,” and New Yorker writer Alex Ross said on his blog, The Rest Is Noise, that “the hits keep coming at” Offering “treasures aplenty” was how Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly put it, naming as one of the web’s best classical experiences. The app for iPads, iPhones, and other digital devices – available for free at the Apple app store – was named one of the top five apps for classical music by WQXR, the classical music station of New York City.
May concerts live on
May 11, 5:15am EDT
Orchestre des Benjamins du Conservatoire plays Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
Lucas Herault, piano; Louis Fima, conductor
Palais Brongniart, Paris
May 11, 8:00am EDT
Ensemble Calliopée plays Fauré and Maratka
Palais Brongniart, Paris (Musicora)
May 12, 8:00am EDT
Ensemble Percussions Claviers de Lyon plays Debussy, Francois Narboni, and Gérard Lecointe
Palais Brongniart, Paris (Musicora)
May 12, 1:00pm EDT
Orchestre Francais des Jeunes Baroque plays Charpentier, Bach, Aubert, and Mascitti
Reinhard Goebel, conductor
Palais Brongniart, Paris (Musicora)
May 12, 2:00pm EDT
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse plays Debussy, Berlioz, and Liszt
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Salle Pleyel, Paris
May 13, 5:00am EDT
Ensemble le Balcon plays Fauré, Stockhausen, Liszt/Lévinas, and Pedro Garcia-Velasquez
Palais Brongniart, Paris (Musicora)
May 13, 12:00pm EDT
Didier Lockwood and Jean-Francois Zygel improvise on themes by Debussy
Palais Brongniart, Paris (Musicora)
May 21, 2:30pm EST
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse plays Debussy, Berlioz, and Ravel
Bertrand Chamayou, piano; Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
May 22, 2:30pm EDT
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse plays Mussorgsky and Liszt
Bertrand Chamayou, piano; Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
May 26, 2:00pm EDT
Les Arts Florissants plays Monteverdi and De Wert
Paul Agnew, conductor
Cité de la Musique, Paris
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