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Newsletter - May 2013
• Concert with Semyon Bychkov and Katia and Marielle Labèque at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence • Tour to Italy and France with Semyon Bychkov and Lisa Batiashvili from 8 to 15 May • Brahms’s symphony cycle with Bernard Haitink at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on 4 and 6 June
Last month, the label Mirare released a recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Quintet to great acclaim, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, its principal clarinet Romain Guyot, and COE soloists Lorenza Borrani (leader), Mats Zetterqvist (principal second violin), Pascal Siffert (principal viola) and Richard Lester (principal cello). The recording topped Le Figaro’s weekly classical selection. The CD can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.
@SartoryArtists (20 Apr) Musique classique: le Top 3 de la semaine @Le_Figaro N° 1 : #Mozart #RomainGuyot @ChambOrchEurope !! http://bit.ly/11rAUrq …
@ICArtists (19 Apr) Francois Leleux & @ChambOrchEurope heard in in Caffe Nero London Bridge Station this morning @sonymusicde #Bach http://bit.ly/103u0aB
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@SemyonBychkov (11 Apr) Watch @ChambOrchEurope's exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the 1st Festival de Pâques w/SB & the Labèques http://bit.ly/ZTocoR
Festival de Pâques, Aix-en-Provence
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Semyon Bychkov and pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque were invited by Renaud Capuçon to take part in the very first Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The COE’s concert, on 2 April, featured Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for two pianos and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major.
For the local paper La Provence, it was a real treat to welcome the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Grand Théâtre as it so seldomly performs in the area. The COE’s interpretation of both symphonies was “a jewel”, “ample, round and precise”, “musical velvet with relief and a beautiful tone” (04/04/2013). La Provence also praised the Orchestra’s ability to adapt perfectly to the soloists’ musical approach to Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
Radio Classique broadcast the concert live throughout France and this also formed part of the Aix-en-Provence “concert on the balcony” initiative, whereby the general public, together with a number of shops and cultural institutions in the city, was invited to take part in a “flashmob” by broadcasting the concert on their radios, in private and/or public spaces, and to share the experience with their families, neighbours, clients and customers. The idea was that the entire city would resonate with the COE concert being performed inside the Grand Théâtre. On the night, all the loudspeakers on the Cours Mirabeau (the main avenue in Aix-en-Provence) played the COE concert.
To view exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the COE’s rehearsals at the Grand Théâtre with Semyon Bychkov and the Labèque sisters, please click here.
Tour to Italy and France with Semyon Bychkov, Lisa Batiashvili and Johannes Moser
From 8 to 15 May, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe will be joined by conductor Semyon Bychkov, violinist Lisa Batishvili and cellist Johannes Moser (in Perugia only) to perform four concerts at the Teatro Comunale (Ferrara, 11 May), Teatro Morlacchi (Perugia, 12 May), Teatro Romolo Valli (Reggio Emilia, 13 May) and the Cité de la musique (Paris, 14 May). The programme includes Strauss’s Metamorphosen, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (replaced with Schumann’s Cello Concerto on 12 May only) and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.
The Cité de la musique is currently running a competition, linked to our concert, with ten CDs of the COE (Mozart, Vivaldi, J. Strauss, Marcello, Wolf, conducted by Alexander Schneider) to be won. Should you wish to take part, please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cité will then send you an email to let you know whether you have won a CD.
Metamorphosen is a piece for 23 solo strings composed by Richard Strauss in the closing months of the Second World War, between August 1944 and March 1945. Although the composer never explained his intentions, it is believed that he wrote the work in the context of Germany’s mourning after the War and in particular the devastating bombing of Munich which destroyed landmarks such as the Munich Opera House. Near the very end of the piece, several bars of the funeral march theme from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony are quoted explicitly in the bass part, accompanied by the words "In Memoriam!" in the score. The COE previously recorded this work with Heinz Holliger in 1993 and again in 2009 at the Cité de la musique with Vladimir Jurowski in a DVD released by Idéale Audience, also including Strauss’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Ravel’s Piano Concerto performed by Hélène Grimaud.
Brahms in June with Bernard Haitink
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe will perform all of Brahms’s symphonies with Bernard Haitink at the Alte Oper, in Frankfurt, on 4 and 6 June.
The Orchestra has very fond memories of its previous Brahms cycle in Lucerne in 2010 and 2011 with Bernard Haitink, Honorary Member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. This cycle included all the symphonies, as well as concertos (piano, violin, violin and cello), choral works, lieder and serenades with world-class artists such as Emanuel Ax, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.
The Orchestra and Bernard Haitink also completed a Beethoven cycle in Amsterdam and Paris between 2011 and 2012, which made the special relationship between the Orchestra and the eminent conductor even stronger.