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Candidate Nelsons?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Cast and conductor for Rusalka in Munich in June 2017

Published: June 16, 2017

MUNICH — An odd thing happened during the curtain calls last evening after a taut, riveting Rusalka here at Bavarian State Opera. The orchestra players made various signs of approval for the cast members’ work, as is customary, and then essentially none for the conductor (and leading lady’s husband). Their coolness was the more noteworthy given that Andris Nelsons was making his company debut. Cheers from the house reflected the strength of the performance.

Why would this be? Nelsons is im Gespräch for Kirill Petrenko’s job, and perhaps the players aren’t ready to have their future mapped out so soon after the Berlin Philharmonic’s poaching of their GMD. Petrenko has, after all, lifted them artistically from the twenty-year trough that was SchneiderMehtaNagano. Besides, his exit will grind along in slomo, with the vacancy not opening until Sept. 2020 and a substantial guest-conducting presence for him through the season that starts that month.

Then there is the irksome whiff of pre-planning. In 2015 the Boston Symphony Orchestra oddly replaced its two-year-old agreement with the Latvian maestro with a partly retroactive one for 2014–2022. An “evergreen” clause in this continues its effect for a defined period unless it is canceled within a stated time, ipso facto picturing such notice. Months after signing it, Nelsons moved with his daughter and wife, compatriot Kristine Opolais, the Rusalka star, to Munich’s Bogenhausen district, within walking distance of BStO, Germany’s largest opera company. (It was in opera that Nelsons launched his career, in Riga.) At the same time, he accepted a second orchestra job, with a Feb. 2018 start, in Leipzig, just three hours north of here by train.

At least one listener went to the performance not expecting revelations from the newly resident conductor. Tomáš Hanus had presented Dvořák’s score so lyrically and so urgently at the 2010 premiere of Martin Kušej’s wayward staging — which not incidentally propelled Opolais to fame, thirty years old and a year into her marriage — as well as on DVD and in seasons following, that it seemed nothing more could be said. But Nelsons remolded it entirely, galvanizing long, long, telling lines that penetrated beyond the frames of the acts and into the musical silence of intermission.

Pictured from the Dvořák cast are: Ulrich Reß, Nelsons, Dmytro Popov (a rich-toned Princ), Opolais (still an endearing Rusalka), Helena Zubanovich (a Ježibaba voiced to peel the silk off the walls), Alyona Abramova, Günther Groissböck (the almighty Vodník) and Nadia Krasteva (the enticing Cizí kněžna); front: Rachael Wilson, Tara Erraught and Evgeniya Sotnikova.

Photo © Bayerische Staatsoper

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Paris Concerts – Tonight through Saturday

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

By: Frank Cadenhead

The season hasn’t really even started but here is a list of the Paris classical music concerts from tonight through Saturday, courtesy of L’Officiel des spectacles, a weekly magazine listing of movies, concerts and other events in Paris and available at your local magazine shop. It highlights, for me, the amazing number of concerts, many in churches, every night of the year by “below the radar” groups and soloists. They obviously attract audiences or the concerts wouldn’t happen. There is only one “above the radar” group on this list if you can find it. Some live off “The Four Seasons” but most seem to be serious artists.

September 2
Marieke Bouche (violon), Dahlia Adamopoulos (alto) et Lucile Perrin (violoncelle), au programme : Divertimento de Mozart et Sérénade de Beethoven. Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

Récital de violoncelle par Timothée Marcel, au programme : suites de J.-S. Bach. Tarifs : 23/15€. Église Saint-Éphrem – Paris 5e

Récital de piano par J.-C. Millot, au programme : « Grand festival Beethoven et Chopin » fantaisie-impromptu, valses, Sonate « pathétique », « Clair de lune », Grande Polonaise… Tarifs: 23/18/13€. Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre – Paris 5e

Duo Spianato, au programme : « Trois morceaux en forme de poire » de Satie, Petite Suite de Debussy, « Ma mère l’Oye » de Ravel et Sonate de Poulenc.Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

September 3
Récital de piano par Georges Beriachvili, au programme : œuvres de Beethoven, Schumann et Chopin. Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

Orchestre Les Violons de France, au programme : « Les Quatre Saisons » de Vivaldi.
Tarifs : 30/20€. Sainte-Chapelle – Paris 1er

Récital de piano par Thomas Tobing, au programme : « Festival Chopin, le Best of » nocturnes, valses, études, polonaises, scherzos, mazurkas.. Tarifs : 23/18/13€. Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre – Paris 5e

Boston Symphony Orchestra, dir. Andris Nelsons, Yo-Yo Ma (violoncelle) et Steven Ansell (alto), au programme : « Don Quichotte » de Strauss et Symphonie n°10 de Chostakovitch. Tarifs : 10 à 130€. Philharmonie 1 – Grande Salle – Paris 19e

Trio Jacob, au programme : Variations « Goldberg » de J.-S. Bach. 19h00 Tarifs : 30/20€. Sainte-Chapelle – Paris 1er

September 4
Récital de piano par Robert Millardet, au programme : Sonate « pathétique » de Beethoven, Intermezzo op.118 n°6 de Brahms et Sonate de Schubert. Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

Orchestre Les Violons de France et Cécile Besnard (soprano), au programme : « Une petite musique de nuit » et Alléluia de Mozart, Canon de Pachelbel, Adagio d’Alninoni, Ave Maria de Schubert et Gounod, Aria de J.-S. Bach et « La Chanson de Solveig ». Tarifs : entrée 30/20€. Sainte-Chapelle – Paris 1er

Récital de piano par Herbert du Plessis, au programme : « Grand festival Liszt et Chopin » rhapsodies hongroises, barcarolle, « Rêve d’amour », « La Campanella », nocturnes, valses, scherzos… Tarifs : 23/18/13€. Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre – Paris 5e

Orchestre Paris Classik et Bertrand Cervera (violon), au programme : « Les Quatre Saisons » de Vivaldi, Ave Maria de Schubert et Caccini, Adagio d’Albinoni et Canon de Pachelbel. Tarifs : 16 à 40€. Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Paris 6e

Récital de violoncelle par Robin Defives, au programme : suites de J.-S. Bach. Tarifs : 30/20€. Sainte-Chapelle – Paris 1er

Ensemble Tirsi e Clori, au programme : œuvres de Barbara Strozzi, Francesca et Giulio Caccini… Tarifs : 12/8€. Église luthérienne des Billettes – Paris 4e

Carte blanche a Masae Gimbayashi-Barbotte (piano). Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

September 5
Récital de piano « aux chandelles » par Louis Lancien, au programme : œuvres de Mozart et Chopin. Tarifs : 23/15€. Église Saint-Éphrem – Paris 5e

Récital de piano par Boneui Park, au programme : Sonate de Haydn, Sonate op.27 n°2 de Beethoven, Valse op.18 de Chopin, « Danzas argentinas » op.2 de Ginastera et œuvres de Debussy. Tarifs : 15/10€. Théâtre de l’Île Saint-Louis – Paris 4e

Récital d’orgue par David Jonies, au programme : œuvres de Haendel, Saint-Saëns, Hindemith et Sowerby. Tarifs : entrée libre. Cathédrale Notre-Dame – Paris 4e

Kazuko Matsumoto-Villedary (soprano) et Yusuke Ishii (piano), au programme : œuvres de Poulenc, Fauré et mélodies japonaises. Tarifs : entrée libre (participation aux frais). Église écossaise Scots Kirk – Paris 8e