Feast of authentic French flavor
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.