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Concert

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris • 29.4.04 à 20h
Orchestre Philharmonique de Vienne, Bernard Haitink.

Mahler : Symphonie n°9

Pas étonnant que le Wiener Philharmoniker soit considéré comme l'un des meilleurs orchestres du monde. Bernard Haitink l'a mené avec assurance et vision dans une neuvième de Mahler explosive. Un concert d'anthologie.


Concert - Juliette: ma vie,

Concert - Juliette: ma vie, mon œuvre, mon
orchestre
(Salle Gaveau, Paris, 4pm)

Juliette is one of a kind. I know no other singer like her.
Her orchestrations are matchless, and the pleasure she takes in delivering her
songs is definitely contagious.


Ballet bouffe - Les Mariés

Ballet bouffe - Les Mariés de la Tour
Eiffel
(Opéra de Massy, 8pm)

Another wonderful and unexpected surprise: this piece was
designed in 1921 by Jean Cocteau. It is a sort of surrealistic ballet with music
by the "Groupe des Six" (Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Germaine Tailleferre,
Georges Auric, Arthur Honegger) and a narration written by Cocteau. Not only is
the piece delightful, but the production, a joint venture with the National
Theatre of Namibia, was absolutely breathtaking.


Musical in concert - L’Amour

Musical in concert - L’Amour masqué (Opéra
Comique, Paris, 8pm)

What a treat to be able to hear André Messager's delightful
score in this 1923 operetta/musical with a libretto by Sacha Guitry. There
should be more concerts like this one, or the French repertoire is likely to
disappear for ever.


Musical - Of Thee I

Musical - Of Thee I Sing (aka Pour toi,
Baby)
(Théâtre de Montrouge, 8:30pm)

What an unexpected and delicious surprise. Whoever came up
with the idea of adapting Of Thee I Sing into French struck gold. The
excellent cast and orchestra (not a synthesizer in sight) did justice to the
Gershwins’ wonderful score.


Concert - Orchestre National de

Concert - Orchestre National de France
(Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 8pm)

The Orchestre National and Kurt Masur were in top form for
this Brahms concert. After a masterful Third Symphony, Garrick Ohlsson gave a
commanding version of the First Piano Concerto.