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GET THE MOST OUT OF THE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE
Source: Festival d’Aix
14/05/2019

CONCERTS

From 7 to 19 July 2019, the Festival d’Aix proposes to the public each day the opportunity to deepen their festival experience thanks to a series of symphonic concerts and recitals, thought out and presented as an extension of the opera programme by the ensembles and the guest artists.


RAPHAËL PICHON & THE ENSEMBLE PYGMALION
TRIPLE TRIBUTE TO MOZART

As an echo to the Requiem which he will conduct at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Raphaël Pichon will present with his Ensemble Pygmalion a diptych devoted
to Mozart’s four last symphonies, punctuated with concert airs performed by
the Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg – who is also a soloist in the Requiem. Composed between 1786 and 1788, these works form a true musical testament carrying the symphonic art to its point of perfection. Raphaël Pichon will also take part with the young singers of the Académie du Festival d’Aix and conduct the final concert of their residency in a programme concocted by him and devoted
to works by Mozart and his contemporaries
MOZART – LAST SYMPHONIES I | Thursday 11 July 2019 | 9:30pm Théâtre de l’Archevêché
MOZART – LAST SYMPHONIES II | Wednesday 17 July 2019 | 8pm Grand Théâtre de Provence
MOZART AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES | Sunday 7 July 2019 | 6pm Conservatoire Darius Milhaud


ESA-PEKKA SALONEN & THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
FROM MAHAGONNY TO METROPOLIS

Esa-Pekka Salonen celebrates his return to the Festival d’Aix with The Oceanides by Sibelius, Firebird by Stravinsky and the French premiere of his Concerto for ‘cello by the ‘cellist Truls Mørk and the Philharmonia Orchestra of which he has been the principle conductor for over ten years. Invited to conduct the performances of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny he is proposing a cine-concert enabling the (re)discovery of the film Metropolis, an absolute masterpiece of German expressionist cinema. An unusual way of linking the libertarian city of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht to the authoritarian society of Fritz Lang, both works coming into being at the end of the 1920’s during the torment of the Weimar Republic.
SIBELIUS – SALONEN – STRAVINSKY | Wednesday 10 July 2019 | 8pm
Grand Théâtre de Provence
METROPOLIS | Sunday 14 July 2019 | 6pm
Grand Théâtre de Provence


INGO METZMACHER & THE ORCHESTRE DE PARIS
WOLFGANG RIHM PAST AND PRESENT

On the occasion of the presentation of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm,
The Orchestre de Paris is proposing for its one and only evening at the Festival d’Aix an innovative concert based around the German composer and his work.
The programme includes the French premiere of Über die Linie VIII, the last piece of a cycle on instrumental lyricism undertaken by Rihm twenty years ago, and the enchanting. Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler interpreted by two immense operatic artists: the mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and the tenor Andreas Schager, this suite of six symphonic lieder evokes the earth, nature, time going by, solitude, the farewell... So many of the themes which are not without reminding
us of those in Rihm’s opera, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.
Das Lied von der Erde | Saturday 13 July 2019 | 8pm
Grand Théâtre de Provence


JULIE FUCHS, LEA DESANDRE, ALPHONSE CEMIN
& THE VAN KUIJK AND TANA STRING QUARTETS

THE HSBC LAUREATES FROM THE ACADÉMIE DU FESTIVAL D’AIX

With the label « HSBC Laureates », every year the Festival d’Aix distinguishes the most promising talents from its Academy and accompanies them all along their career. Ten years after her debut at the Festival, Julie Fuchs, (HSBC Laureate 2013) comes together with Alphonse Cemin (HSBC Laureate 2010) in an out of the ordinary programme assembling works by Björk, Barbara, Debussy and Crumb and encompassing a new work by Arthur Lavandier. The mezzo-soprano Lea Dessandre (HSBC Laureate 2016), the new muse of baroque singing, who with the lutenist, Thomas Dunford will take us through some of the most stunning French music of the XVII century up to the time of the Belle époque with songs by Lambert and Charpentier, melodies by Hahn and dances by Visée. The string quartets Tana (HSBC Laureate 2013) and Van Kuijk (HSBC Laureate 2014) will continue the cycle devoted to Wolfgang Rihm with a programme of chamber music based on two quartets by the German composer.

Lea Desandre & Thomas Dunford • BELLE ÉPOQUE BAROQUE | Monday 8 July 2019 9:30pm | Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède
Quatuor Van Kuijk • SHOSTAKOVICH – RIHM – ATTAHIR | Tuesday 9 July 2019 9:30pm | Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède
Quatuor Tana • LIGETI – RIHM – CENDO | Friday 12 July 2019
9:30pm | Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède
Julie Fuchs & Alphonse Cemin • PETITE CANTATE | Tuesday 16 July 2019
9:30pm | Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède

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