Host of Intermusica artists featured in international Best of 2018 press picks
2018 was another fantastic year for Intermusica artists, with many singled out by the world’s top publications and broadcasters in their end-of-year highlight features. Read a selection below:
Daniil Trifonov featured in a plethora of publications including The Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Arts Fuse, Seen & Heard and New York Classical Review. His recent release on Deutsche Grammophon, Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, was widely praised, as was his ‘Decades’ recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called “playing of unreal beauty”. A recital with mentor Sergei Babayan was highlighted in Boston Classical Review, with Trifonov deemed “among the most sensational keyboard artists of his generation” and Babayan “second-to-none in his own right.”
Also popular amongst critics was Sir John Eliot Gardiner, whose Carnegie Hall appearance with his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, as part of Carnegie’s Berlioz Festival, drew glowing commentary. Gardiner’s Berlioz and Schumann exploration with the LSO, including an appearance at the 2018 BBC Proms, was similarly lauded (Arts Desk: “I reeled from… [Gardiner’s]… contributions … He sold instantly the ideas that wind and brass as well as upper strings… should stand”), and memorably enhanced by Antoine Tamestit’s take on Harold in Italy, which saw the soloist use theatrics to better inhabit the wandering eponymous hero (Tamestit’s Harold also came in for praise from Arts Desk, Limelight and New York Classical Review). Gardiner’s Verdi Requiem at the Concertgebouw and other venues was also mentioned by NRC and Seen & Heard.
British music champion Martyn Brabbins was singled out by several publications including The Guardian and Sunday Times, who included his releases of Tippett Symphonies 1& 2 (BBC Scottish Orchestra, Hyperion) and Ferneyhough: La Terre est un Homme (BBC Symphony Orchestra, NMC) in their recordings of the year round-ups.
Matthew Aucoin was picked out by WQXR for his opera Second Nature (on the topic of climate change) and “[making] the [classical] tradition more alive and urgent than ever.” Aucoin’s conducting skills impressed The New York Times, who noted his “instinct for tension” when conducting Peter Sellars’ Santa Fe Opera production of Doctor Atomic.
Colin Currie Group’s release of Drumming, the first on the new Colin Currie Records label, enchanted listeners with Arts Fuse calling it “one of – no, the – greatest recording of the piece to date” and The Boston Globe terming it “an ecstatic rendition…[which]…absolutely transports.”
Andrew Manze’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle with NDR Radiophilharmonie, where he is Chief Conductor, garnered praise from Arts Fuse, as did his moving War Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NDR Radiophilharmonie at Liverpool Cathedral and in Hannover (one of Fiona Maddox at The Guardian’s Best of 2018), which saw British and German players unite to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
Mark Wigglesworth was roundly praised by Seen & Heard (“typically first-rate conducting”), The Stage (“an exceptional musical performance”) and Arts Desk for his House of the Dead at the Royal Opera House; while over at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess, conducted by John Wilson, was a highlight for The Stage, The Guardian and Evening Standard.
Other notable recordings included Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “eminently accessible” rendition of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (WQXR); Nora Fischer’s Hush – “radically unorthodox yet utterly gorgeous” (WQXR), Boris Giltburg’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 with Royal Scottish National (Politiken); and Marek Janowksi’s “sumptuous Hindemith collection” on Pentatone (Arts Desk). Recordings by Francesco Piemontesi and Renaud Capuçon (Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Orfeo, and Bartok Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 with LSO, Hyperion) featured in The Sunday Times’ Classical Albums of the Year.
Lahav Shani’s new position as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra was noted as a special moment by Seen & Heard and NRC, while Giancarlo Guerrero’s performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra (“a spectacular, kinetic reading”) and Curtis Symphony Orchestra (“at once authoritative and at the same time warmly collaborative") were noted by Arts Fuse and Seen & Heard. Mischa Maisky’s Jansen/Maisky/Argerich Trio performance at the Barbican was deemed “chamber music writ large” and “opulent” by Arts Desk.
Singers singled out by cultural commentators included Lise Davidsen for her “superlative” performance in the title role in a “long overdue feminist reassessment” of Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix en Provence (Seen & Heard), as well as for her involvement in the Royal Opera House and Antonio Pappano’s Verdi Requiem – “the classiest perfection imaginable, crowned by the phenomenal Lise Davidsen” (Arts Desk).
Fellow dramatic soprano Iréne Theorin was noted in Seen & Heard as a “commanding Isolde” in Staatsoper Berlin and Daniel Barenboim’s Tristan und Isolde, as was Natalya Romaniw, who sang "with grace and conviction” in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Testament alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits.
David Alden’s “fine Lohengrin” at the Royal Opera House was singled out by The Stage, as was Garsington’s first full-scale commission, The Skating Rink, featuring Susan Bickley creating the role of Carmen.
2018 ended well for Sir James MacMillan, whose Cumnock Tryst took the number one spot in Fiona Maddox’s Best Classical Music of 2018 list for its unique role in “revitalising a local community with world-class performances”. The Scotsman, looking ahead to 2019, noted “it’s going to be a big year for Scotland’s most high-profile composer” as MacMillan turns 60, celebrating with a host of concerts and new works.
Intermusica artists welcome in the New Year
This year Intermusica artists Lahav Shani, Emmanuel Krivine, David Butt Philip, Valentina Peleggi and Nicholas Collon take part in concerts across Europe to welcome in 2019. Intermusica also brings the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China to spread some traditional Hogmanay spirit.
Lahav Shani joins the Staatskapelle Berlin for at the city’s Staatsoper unter den Linden for concerts on 30 and 31 December. Shani begins at the piano for Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, before conducting Weill Four Songs in an arrangement for trumpet and orchestra. The programme also features Tchaikovsky’s festive Nutcracker Suite followed by Duke Ellington’s big band arrangement of the popular ballet score.
Emmanuel Krivine helms the Orchestre National de France’s New Year’s Eve concert alongside soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who sings songs from Gershwin Porgy and Bess. Krivine also conducts Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite and Johan Strauss Sans-Souci-Polka and Emperor Waltzes. Krivine, Brueggergosman and the ONF then go on to perform the programme in Aix-en-Provence and Grenoble on 2 and 3 January.
David Butt Philip joins Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for their New Year’s Eve concerts, which take place on 30 and 31 December at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Butt Philip performs Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside fellow soloists Genia Kühmeier, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Paul Gay.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra are joined for their New Year’s concerts by pianist Imogen Cooper. Collon conducts them in a programme centred around Vienna, featuring three Mozart works as well as waltzes by Johann Strauss.
Intermusica's International Tours department is also in action over New Year as they bring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to China. The orchestra is joined for the tour by violinist Nicola Benedetti and perform a programme of works including Debussy March Ecossaise and Bruch Scottish Fantasy.
Valentina Peleggi celebrates the New Year Swedish-style on 5 January with the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra in their annual Twelfth Night concert and ball. She conducts Offenbach arias in a starry line-up headed up by Katarina Karneus.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Berlioz' L'enfance du Christ with the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine celebrates Christmas with the Orchestre National de France, conducting Berlioz’s oratorio L’enfance du Christ at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 14 December 2018. Krivine and his orchestra are joined by guest soloists Stéphanie D’Oustrac (Mary), Bernard Richter (Narrator), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Joseph) and Nicholas Testé (Herrod).
L’enfance du Christ tells the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt, but it was also an opportunity for Berlioz to look back tenderly at his own childhood.
Krivine and the ONF reunite on 31 December for a New Years' Eve concert featuring Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, Johann Strauss waltzes and songs from Gershwin Porgy and Bess performed by soprano Measha Brueggergossman.
A record month for Intermusica in China
Between 20 October and 20 November 2018 Intermusica has a record presence in China, with 31 events taking place over just 30 days. The period sees visits from the Orchestre National de France and Music Director Emmanuel Krivine and the BBC Concert Orchestra, both organized by Intermusica's International Touring department, as well as concert appearances from soloists James Ehnes, Ning Feng, George Li, Leonidas Kavakos and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Intermusica artists and projects visit cities all over the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guagzhou and Nanjing. See a full list of concerts below.
Orchestre National de France and Emmanuel Krivine
Chongqing, Nanning, Beijing, Zhuhai, Nanjing and Shanghai
BBC Concert Orchestra
Shenyang, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Hefei, Shanghai and Nanjing
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (20 October)
Performances in Wuhan (27 October), Shanghai (31 October) and Beijing (3 November) with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as recitals in Shanghai (28 October) and Guangzhou (20 November)
Performances with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (2 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (4 November) and Kunming Symphony Orchestra (9 November)
Concert with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra on 18 November
Concerts with the Guangzhou Symphony (9 November), Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (11 November), China Philharmonic (16 November) and Shanghai Symphony (18 November), as well as recitals with Enrico Pace in Xi'an (13 November) and Nanjing (14 November).
Recital at Shanghai Concert Hall (19 November)
Intermusica brings Emmanuel Krivine & the Orchestre National de France to China for first tour in eight years
After an absence of eight years, Intermusica brings the Orchestre National de France to China for a tour of seven performances from 24 October 2018, with music director Emmanuel Krivine at the helm. Krivine and the orchestra are joined by soloists Emmanuel Pahud, who plays Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto, and Nikolai Lugansky, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor.
The tour begins at Chongqing Grand Theatre, and then visits Nanning Guangxi Culture & Arts Centre on 25 October, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts on 27 October, Zhuhai Huafa Grand Theatre on 30 and 31 October, Nanjing Poly Grand Theatre on 2 November and Shanghai Oriental Art Center on 3 November.
The Orchestra brings typical French flair to their programme line-up, which include works such as Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte and Une barque sur l’océan, Debussy’s La Mer and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.
Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France begin their new season
Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France begin their new season with the first concert of their Brahms symphonic cycle at the Festival international de musique de Besançon Franche-Comté on 11 September 2018. Alongside Brahms Symphony No.4, Krivine conducts Lalo Le roi d'Ys and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 'Egyptian' with soloist Bertrand Chamayou. They repeat the programme on 13 September at Paris' Maison de la Radio, a concert that will be broadcast live on France Musique and streamed on ARTÉ.
The following week, Krivine and the orchestrra continue the cycle with Brahms Symphony No.1. Performing at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 22 September and the Maison de la Radio the following day, Krivine also conducts the orchestra in Strauss Don Juan and Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Evgeny Kissin.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre National de France at the Festival de Saint-Denis
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre National de France this June and July at Summer Festivals throughout France. On 6 June 2018, they appear at the Festival de Saint-Denis for a programme of Fauré Requiem and Bach Toccata and Fugue, joined by baritone Stéphane Degout and the Chœur de Radio France.
The following month, Krivine and the ONF return to the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier for an all-Gershwin programme featuring Cuban Overture and An American in Paris. Intermusica pianist Louis Schwizgebel, who makes his debut with the orchestra, joins to play Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto.
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center for three concerts on 11, 12 and 15 May 2018. The programmes opens with Brahms Tragic Overture, after which Isabelle Faust joins to perform Schumann Violin Concerto and Paul Jacobs plays organ in Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3.
Krivine last conducted the CSO in March 2018, with a programme of Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Berlioz and Debussy:
“He had the CSO sounding like the great French orchestras used to sound, only more virtuosic.”
Chicago Tribune, March 2018
Elsewhere this month, Krivine continues his inaugural season as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, conducting them in two concerts. On 3 May, Maxim Vengerov plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Thierry Escaich plays in Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 while pianist Beatrice Rana performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 on 31 May in a programme which also features Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
Thierry Escaich performs Saint-Saëns with Emmanuel Krivine & the Orchestre National de France
Thierry Escaich returns to Maison de la Radio France on 3 May 2018 as he joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France to perform Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’ and Franck Choral No.1 in E major. The concert is part of Krivine’s inaugural season as Music Director of the orchestra and will be broadcast live on France Musique. It also features Maxim Vengerov performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Elsewhere this month Escaich’s Psalmos receives its UK premiere from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Alexander Bloch at Hoddinot Hall during the Vale of Glamorgan Festival on 10 May. He also travels to St Petersburg to perform a ciné-concert at the Mariinsky Theatre's Stars Of The White Nights Music Festival.
Emmanuel Krivine begins inaugural tour as Music Director of Orchestre National de France with Francesco Piemontesi & Renaud Capuçon
Emmanuel Krivine commences two weeks of concerts across France and Switzerland with the Orchestre National de France with a performance atFestival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence on 29 March 2018. The tour is Krivine's first as the orchestra's Music Director and features Intermusica's Francesco Piemontesi for the concerts in France.
Performing Franck Symphonic Variations, R. Strauss Burleske in D Minor and Ravel Miroirs, the orchestra then continues to the Opéra de Dijon before returning to Paris for a concert at the Maison de la Radio on 5 April. The programme also features Debussy La Mer.
The second leg of the tour sees Renaud Capuçon perform Bruch Scottish Fantasy at Theater Basel (10 April), KKL Luzern (12 April) and the Auditorium de Lyon (15 April). The programme for these concerts also includes Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel: Overture and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4. Krivine and the ONF also perform at Le Rosey, Rolle (13 April) and Victoria Hall, Geneva (14 April) with violinist Im Mo Yang.
The tour marks the continuation of a highly successful inaugural season for Krivine, which has been greeted with great critical acclaim:
"Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality."
"Séduction immédiate, dont Krivine distille avec sensualité la grâce et la délicatesse, qui déclenche sans retenue le puissant lyrisme de rafales symphoniques, comme si l’enclos de la petite forme permettait à ce sensitif d’exprimer l’entièreté d’une sentimentalité exacerbée."
Le Monde, September 2017
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Leonidas Kavakos
Emmanuel Krivine returns to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in four concerts with Leonidas Kavakos at Chicago's Symphony Center on between 8 and 11 March 2018.
Kavakos performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1, alongside Debussy La Mer and works by Mussorgsky and Berlioz. Kavakos has a close affinity with the concerto, including a highly acclaimed re cording with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Gergiev. Click here to listen to an excerpt.
"His technical virtuosity was close to superhuman from the start... Kavakos’ sensitive bow made for artistry of the first order; his flawless technique driven by what seemed an almost otherworldly force. I don’t believe there could be a more compelling performance of the work."
Krivine made his long-awaited debut with the CSO in November 2016, with a programme of Liszt, Prokofiev and Dvořák:
“Krivine’s modern approach provided its own rewards, with the outer movements crackling with energy. Though often referred to as Dvořák’s “Pastoral” symphony, there are ample dark shadows in this score. Krivine was superb in the Adagio, assaying the pensive shifting expression of this inward music. The performance was rounded off with a rousing account of the finale, Krivine pushing down hard on the accelerator in the closing bars to thrilling effect.”
Chicago Classical Review, November 2016
Emmanuel Krivine leads the Orchestre National de France in New Year concerts
Emmanuel Krivine continues his first full season as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France with special New Year concerts at Radio France and in Châlons-en-Champagne on 10, 11 and 13 January 2018.
The programme takes the form of the traditional Vienna New Year concert and features waltzes by Johann Strauss II. The concert on 11 January will be broadcast live on France Musique.
During his first few months as Music Director, Krivine and the ONF have broadcast concerts including with Martha Argerich and with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The critical response has been impressive:
"Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality."
Le Monde, September 2017
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Orchestre National de France with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France are joined in concert by Jean-Yves Thibaudet on 16 November 2017 as he moves into the third month as the orchestra’s Music Director. The concert opens with Holliger's orchestrations of Liszt Trübe Wolken and Unstern!, followed by Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with Thibaudet as soloist. Krivine ends the concert with Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra.
The opening concerts of his tenure – as the first French Music Director of the country’s national orchestra in over 40 years – included live TV and online video broadcasts from the newly refurbished Maison de la Radio at the Radio France headquarters in Paris, with soloists including Ann Petersen, Bertrand Chamayou and Martha Argerich, with whom Krivine and the orchestra then performed at Les Grands Interprètes in Toulouse on 7 October. Click here to watch their Paris performance on ARTE Concert.
Of Krivine’s inaugural concert on 9 September, Le Monde wrote:
“Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality.”
Emmanuel Krivine continues inaugural season with the Orchestra National de France with Martha Argerich
Following his triumphant inaugural concert as Music Director on 7 September, Emmanuel Krivine and his Orchestre National de France are joined by Martha Argerich for concerts in Paris and Toulouse on 5 and 7 October 2017. Krivine leads the orchestra in a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Blacher Orchestra-Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. The concert in Paris will be broadcast live on France Musique.
Krivine’s first concert as Music Director was broadcast on France Musique and Arte Concert and opened with Webern Passacaglia, a performance praised in Le Monde:
«Séduction immédiate, dont Krivine distille avec sensualité la grâce et la délicatesse, qui déclenche sans retenue le puissant lyrisme de rafales symphoniques, comme si l’enclos de la petite forme permettait à ce sensitif d’exprimer l’entièreté d’une sentimentalité exacerbée.»
"There was immediate seduction, of which Krivine distilled with sensuality its grace and delicacy, which triggered without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic lines, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality.”
Speaking of this concert as the start of his tenure, Diapason assured its readers that “this honeymoon between the orchestra and her head turns into happy marriage.”
Emmanuel Krivine begins inaugural season as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine opens the season of the Orchestre National de France on 7 September 2017 in his first concert as Music Director. The concert takes place at the orchestra’s home, the new hall at the Maison de la Radio, and features the music of Franck, Webern and Richard Strauss, including his Four Last Songs, with soprano Ann Petersen. The concert is broadcast live on France Musique (radio) and Arte Concert (video).
Krivine takes up the post from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon) and joining a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
On 8 September, Krivine and the orchestra perform at the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, joined by Bertrand Chamayou for Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2.
Emmanuel Krivine & La Chambre Philharmonie continue Brahms cycle on tour of France
Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique embark on the final instalment of their complete Brahms cycle on a tour of France this month, beginning at the Philharmonie de Paris on 11 May 2017 and ending with two performances at Aix-en-Provence on 17 and 18 May.
The programme features Brahms Symphony No.1 and his second piano concerto with pianist Martin Helmchen.
They also perform at the Théâtre de Caen and Grenoble MC2, where journalist Antoine Pecqueur discusses the latest in Krivine’s “aventure brahmsienne” here.
Krivine’s last full cycle with La Chambre Philharmonique was the complete Beethoven, recorded live and released on Naïve in 2011. Click here to watch an extract from one of the concerts.
La Chambre Philharmonique is one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles. Click here to watch Emmanuel Krivine explain the “concept” of the orchestra.
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow on 6 and 7 April 2017. The concerts in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls conclude his second season with the orchestra as their Principal Guest Conductor and feature French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who plays Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1.
Krivine conducts Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’ and opens the concerts with Schubert Symphony No.5.
The Scotsman praised his concerts with the SCO in May 2016 for their “precision, power and polish. The sense of excitement and expectation he conjured conveyed integrity, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to share.”
In October, Krivine conducted Berlioz La Nativité du Seigneur with the SCO and SCO Chorus:
"Krivine’s meticulous but flowing approach was beautifully served by the instrumentalists, and especially by the chorus, whose Amen was the last word in finesse."
Herald, October 2016
Emmanuel Krivine begins year in Paris with the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine begins the new year in Paris, conducting the Orchestre National de France in concert at the Maison de la Radio on 12 January 2016.
The programme features Dvořák Symphony No.7 in D minor and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, for which Krivine and the orchestre are joined by soloist Denis Matsuev.
Krivine was last year appointed Music Director of the ONF from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon).
He joins a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
Founded in 1934 the Orchestre National de France is one of the most prestigious orchestras in France. Managed by Radio France, the orchestra performs in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonie de Paris and auditorium of the Maison de Radio France, from where all its concerts are broadcast. It tours across France and the world; in 2016, the Orchestra travelled to North America and enjoyed a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Emmanuel Krivine makes debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine makes his debut at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month, conducting four concerts on 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2016.
They perform a programme of Liszt, Prokofiev and Dvořák, which will be recorded for deferred radio broadcast and streamed subsequently on csosoundsandstories.org.
Krivine was recently appointed Music Director of the Orchestre National de France (ONF), beginning from September 2017, which he will take up alongside his position as Principal Conductor of his own La Chambre Philharmonique and Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He was praised in October for his "meticulous but flowing approach” (Herald) with the SCO, and he received acclaim for his most recent concert with the ONF:
“In sonority, tone, the fiery gestures, everything was right, with nothing superficial about the brilliance of the contrasts ... Krivine's paradox of intensity and simplicity willed the orchestra to a refined flair, but with care and self-awareness. A triumph justified.”
Diapason, March 2016
“Dans l’acoustique analytique Auditorium de Radio France, Krivine sait équilibrer les pupitres tout en exacerbant la tension par une gestique dynamique, offrant à chacun ... la possibilité de se surpasser. Le courant passe incontestablement, et le public, par ses rappels, en apporte la preuve.”
Concert Classic, March 2016
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine begins his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with concerts on 20 and 21 October 2016.
Under Krivine’s direction, the SCO and SCO Chorus performs Berlioz L’enfance du Christ in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls. They are joined by soloists Christianne Stotijn, Bernard Richter, Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Jérôme Varnier.
Last season, Krivine conducted three programmes with the orchestra, including the season’s closing concerts with a programme of Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Sibelius, singled out in the Scotsman for “Precision, power and polish”.
The chorus is prepared by Chorus Master Gregory Batsleer, who has worked with Krivine on recent choral programmes with the SCO. Watch an extract from Krivine and the SCO’s performance of Beethoven Symphony No.9 below:
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo at Palais Princier
Emmanuel Krivine returns to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo at the Palais Princier on 31 July. These concerts have been taking place each year since 1959 when Prince Rainier III inaugurated the transforming the palace into an outdoor concert venue for concerts with the orchestra and prestigious conductors and soloists.
Krivine, who also conducted the orchestra in their main series earlier this year, conducted at the Palais Princier in August 2015 with Boris Giltburg, performing Liszt, Grieg and Gershwin. This year’s programme combines two Russian works, Prokofiev’s neo-classical Symphony No.1 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Ravel’s own Piano Concerto in G major, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Emmanuel Krivine was recently announced as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, beginning in September 2017, the first French conductor to lead a major Paris orchestra since Jean Martignon retired from the same orchestra in 1973.
Emmanuel Krivine appointed Music Director of Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine has been appointed as the next Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, announced on Monday 13 June 2016. He will take up the post from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon).
He joins a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
Regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today, Krivine has previously held the posts of Permanent Guest Conductor at Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 to 1983, Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 to 2000 and Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg from 2006 to 2015. In 2004 he founded the period instrument ensemble La Chambre Philharmonique, of which he is Principal Conductor, and from the 2015/16 season he has held the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2016/17 season.
Founded in 1934 the Orchestre National de France is one of the most prestigious orchestras in France. Managed by Radio France, the orchestra performs in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and auditorium of the Maison de Radio France, from where all its concerts are broadcast. It tours across France and the world; in 2016, the Orchestra travels to North America and enjoys a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:
Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.
Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.
George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins.
Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert.
Emmanuel Krivine closes Scottish Chamber Orchestra season in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow
Emmanuel Krivine returns to closes the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s season for concerts on 11, 13 and 13 May 2016 in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, with Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’. Krivine became Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra at the start of the 2015/16 season and the concerts represent his third visit of the season.
In March he conducted three concerts of Schumann Violin Concerto with Russian violinist Alina Abragimova, followed by Brahms Symphony No.4 as part of the orchestra’s Brahms series.
Click here to watch a short clip, highlighting his first concerts of this season in November.
Emmanuel Krivine steps in for concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for concerts on 10, 11 and 12 March in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Krivine became Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra at the start of the 2015/16 season.
He is joined by Russian violinist Alina Abragimova for three concerts of Schumann Violin Concerto, followed by Brahms Symphony No.4 as part of the orchestra’s Brahms series.
Watch a short clip highlighting his first concerts of this season in November. Krivine returns to close the orchestra’s season in May with Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’.
Emmanuel Krivine gives first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine begins his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra this season, giving his first concerts in Perth Horsecross, Edinburgh Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls on 4, 5 and 6 November 2015.
Speaking of this exciting new chapter in his and the orchestra’s career, Krivine writes:
“As Montaigne spoke about his friendship with La Boetie, 'parce que c'était lui, parce que c'était moi.' So is my relationship with the SCO!
The particular quality of this orchestra and its capacity to go beyond the routine of the daily musical ‘office’. It’s easy for any orchestra to be overcome by the constant flow of their routine and the fatigue, which usually follows. But in the SCO this daily routine is undetectable and perhaps this is what gives it its spirit. Is this a uniquely Scottish trait? I couldn’t say but believe me, to a conductor, it is heaven!
I am delighted to begin the role of Principal Guest Conductor and having worked with the orchestra for many years, I am sure that this collaboration will both be fruitful and offer beautiful moments for our audiences and us to share.”
On his appointment to the position in July 2014, the Herald congratulated the “flamboyantly original Frenchman”, with his “reputation for vivid orchestral colour.” This followed successful concerts at Usher Hall of Schumann and Beethoven that season:
“His understanding and direction of Beethoven (and everything else) is as revolutionary as the music. Krivine makes you realize its relevance in today’s world, his totally fresh interpretation … makes one think anew … Krivine moulds this music as a sculptor would create his sculptures … a performance of world class.”
“It’s strange to think that Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 is two centuries old – especially as it has never sounded so fresh or modern as in this thrilling performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.”
Click here to read more about Emmanuel Krivine and the SCO and watch a recent performance.
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre National de France this week for the first of two concerts with the orchestra this season, performing at the Festival de Musique Classique de Montreux-Vevey on 6 September 2015.
The programme features pianist Bertrand Chamayou, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.
Krivine will then return for a concert in Paris on 22 October with pianist Louis Lortie, broadcast live on Radio France.
Watch Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France below.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Orchestre de Paris at Philharmonie de Paris
On 13 May, Emmanuel Krivine conducts a performance of Brahms Symphony No.1 and Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris and soloist Alisa Weilerstein at the newly-opened Philharmonie de Paris.
Krivine made his Philharmonie debut shortly after the hall opened, conducting a sold-out performance with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Joshua Bell. A well-known figure in Paris, having been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France between 1976 and 1983, Krivine regularly conducts in the city and gives at least concert a year with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique.
Watch a performance of La Chambre Philharmonique’s concert in December 2014, in a programme of Brahms, Schumann and Dvořák, at Paris’s Cité de la Musique here.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Ferrara, Montreux & Paris
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in concerts in Ferrara, Montreux and Paris on 12, 14 and 16 February. The programme includes Schumann Symphony No.2 in C major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D with violinist Joshua Bell.
They will perform at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Auditorium Stravinsky in Montreux and the new Philharmonie de Paris, Krivine’s debut performance in the venue.
The tour forms part of a long-standing collaboration between the orchestra and Krivine, who have toured together to Japan and around Europe, and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.
Watch Krivine, a renowned interpreter of Dvorâk, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe play Dvorâk Symphony No.8 at the Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence last year:
Emmanuel Krivine returns to Paris with La Chambre Philharmonique
Following their visit in May this year, Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique will return to Cité de la Musique, Paris on 28 November. Krivine founded the orchestra in 2004 and serves as its Artistic Director. Together they will present a programme of Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 'Reformation' and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' with soloist Bertrand Chamayou.
Praised by the Herald in July as "the flamboyantly original Frenchman" with a "reputation for vivid orchestral colour", Krivine and his orchestra played at London's Cadogan Hall in May:
"As a feat of technical and musical finesse, it was a foretaste of the subtly spiced flavour of the performance as a whole... pungent and prismatic, climaxing in a big, blazing sonority... Krivine and his orchestra deserve a return invitation."
This concert in Paris is followed by a repeat performance on 30 November at Opéra de Lyon. This will mark a return to Lyon for Krivine, who served as Music Director of L'Orchestre National de Lyon between 1987 and 2000.
La Chambre Philharmonique will return to the Cité in December as part of a French tour of a programme that includes Brahms, Schumann and Dvorák.
Emmanuel Krivine is new Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Ahead of two concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on 8 and 9 May, Emmanuel Krivine has been announced as the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO).
Krivine and the orchestra have enjoyed a close relationship for many years. This new appointment will allow Krivine and the SCO to explore new opportunities and repertoire together, both live in concert and in the recording studio. Krivine begins as Principal Guest Conductor at the start of the 2015/16 season.
Commenting on the announcement, Emmanuel Krivine said: “I am really happy to be joining the outstanding artistic team of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I have always enjoyed my collaborations over many years with this fine orchestra. There is a wonderful family atmosphere, which results in great music-making, and the musicians have an exceptional way of listening to each other. I look forward to realising some exciting projects in the future across a broad spectrum of repertoire, to refining the musical language that we share, and to closening my relationship with Scotland and its audiences.”
Krivine performs Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the orchestra and SCO Chorus at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (8 May) and Glasgow City Halls (9 May). The all-German line-up of soloists include soprano Ruth Ziesak and bass Konstantin Wolff. The programme opens with Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo & Finale.
Krivine’s recordings for Naïve of the complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments with his own La Chambre Philharmonique have received much critical praise. Anna Picard in the Independent on Sunday called the recording of the Ninth Symphony a “refreshing, bold performance”.
His recording of the complete symphonies was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone in May 2011, and Rob Cowan wrote in his review: “Certainly if you know someone who has yet to discover this greatest of all symphony cycles, you could hardly do better than give them this as a gift. It will set them up for life.”
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at Aix Easter Festival
On 24 April, Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, as part of Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence. The programme includes Dvořák Symphony No.8, preceded by a first half of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and his Piano Concerto No.1, played by Martha Argerich.
The performance celebrates a long-lasting collaboration between Emmanuel Krivine, Martha Argerich and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which brings together the best soloists of the European Union and has been described as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world”. The orchestra toured to Japan with Krivine and Argerich in the late 1990s and in 2000, performing works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner. Krivine has also toured in recent years with the COE to Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, as well as his native France. Emmanuel Krivine and the COE have also recorded together for Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Maria João Pires.
A renowned conductor of Dvořák, Krivine recorded the ninth symphony in 2008 with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, on Naïve, coupled with Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra. Edward Greenfield in Gramophone wrote of this recording: “Krivine secures biting attack in both works… The reduced string band also encourages pianissimos of breathtaking intensity, dramatically contrasted against the sharp impact of the extreme fortissimos.”
Emmanuel Krivine makes return to Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for two concerts
Emmanuel Krivine makes a much-anticipated return to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for two concerts on 2 and 3 November. Krivine conducts Die Seejungfrau by Zemlinsky, the Viennese composer, whom Krivine has often championed. In the first half, Maestro Krivine conducts Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 with his fellow Frenchman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as soloist.
The following week, Krivine and his Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg perform Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra on 8 November, as part of the Luxembourg Festival. Maestro Krivine then takes the orchestra on tour to the Mannheimer Rosengarten in Germany (10 November) and to the Salle Pleyel in Paris (13 November), where he has Alexandre Tharaud as his soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Krivine’s performance in Paris last month (at the Cité de la Musique) with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, is available to view here. They performed a first half of Wagner (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung, and Act I of Das Rheingold) and Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’ in the second half.