The Beauty of Dance
Finlandia, tone poem Op. 26
Concerto for violin and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92
Characteristic of Ligeti's last manner, the Concerto for violin and orchestra, in its final version in 5 movements from 1992 (reviewed for the last time the following year) presented this evening, draws its inspiration both from the composer's own language Hungarian, while contemplating the history of music going back from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era, including Hungarian and Bulgarian folk songs in polyrhythmic superpositions of monstrous difficulty for the soloist. As if that weren't enough for her, the great virtuoso Patricia Kopatchinskaja has further enhanced the score by adding her own cadences. Our concert will begin with this veritable political manifesto that was the symphonic poem Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, composed in 1900 to defend the Finnish press against the Russian oppressor. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony will put a jubilant and timeless end to the two ends of the 20th century presented before it.
This concert is broadcast on the 18.10.23 on Espace 2 in the radio program Plein Jeu (8pm), produced by Mitsou Carré and Daniel Rausis, and is available for streaming after broadcast on