Feast of au­then­tic French fla­vor

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY KALEIDOSCOPE - By XU JINGXI in Guangzhou xu­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

With a reper­toire cov­er­ing 100 years of French mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion, the con­cert which con­duc­tor Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre Na­tional de Lyon will co-stage in five Chi­nese cities from Dec 29 to Jan 4 stands out from among the flock of New Year con­certs in China.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of the seven- time Grammy- win­ning Amer­i­can con­duc­tor, the French orches­tra based in Lyon is go­ing to serve a feast of the most au­then­tic fla­vor of French mu­sic with master­pieces from seven big names in the coun­try’s his­tory of mu­sic, who are rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ro­man­ti­cism, Neo­clas­si­cism and Im­pres­sion­ism.

The ONL and Slatkin’s con­cert tour in China will kick off in Guangzhou, which cel­e­brates the 25th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of its sis­ter­city re­la­tion­ship with Lyon in 2013.

The con­cert at Guangzhou Opera House will start with the fes­tive, wild Ro­man Car­ni­val Over­ture by Hec­tor Ber­lioz, who is hon­ored as one of France’s three most im­por­tant fig­ures of Ro­man­ti­cism, the other two be­ing writer Vic­tor Hugo and painter Eugene Delacroix.

Then the au­di­ence can re­lax in the lyri­cal, gen­tle Pa­vane in F-sharp Mi­nor by another post- ro­man­tic com­poser, Gabriel Faure. The fol­low­ing pieces by Neo­clas­si­cal com­poser Erik Satie will draw peo­ple fur­ther into a foggy won­der­land with the soft tunes of a bit of bit­ter­ness.

While the suite from Ge­orges Bizet’s world- renowned opera Car­men gives the first half of the con­cert an ex­cit­ing end­ing, the sec­ond half will be­gin with the pas­sion­ate Bac­cha­nale from Saint-Saens’ opera Sam­son and Delilah.

Works by two Im­pres­sion­is­tic gi­ants, Claude De­bussy and Mau­rice Ravel, will wrap up the French night.


Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre Na­tional de Lyon will stage New Year’s con­certs in China.

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