“Towards a New World” is the leading theme of this year’s French edition of La Folle Journée. The largest classical music festival in the world traditionally commences its world tour in France, to travel to Japan in May, to Russia in early September and finally to Warsaw at the end of the month. Sinfonia Varsovia is a regular landmark of the Festival, playing no fewer than 15 concerts in the Pays de la Loire this year (26 January – 4 February 2018).
Not Berlin, not Vienna, but Nantes in France will become the classical music capital of the world during the first weekend of February. This is the 24th time that La Folle Journée will draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the local concert halls. Short concerts, accessible repertoire and low ticket prices convincingly open the world of classical music to the greatest possible audience.
The leading theme of this year's festival is “Towards a New World” (Vers un Monde nouveau). It will focus on music written by composers who, for various reasons ‒ personal or political ‒ had to leave their homeland and find for themselves a “new world”. For some, emigration, despite many difficulties, had provided inspiration for release of their full artistic potential. As René Martin, founder and artistic director of La Folle Journée, notes ‒ “Opening up to the world allowed many composers to treat their forced exile as an opportunity to become familiar with new cultures. This had a profound impact on their music.”
Thus, the Festival will include music by, among others, Dvořák, Bartók, Rachmaninov and Schoenberg, for whom the United States became their “new world” and Chopin and Stravinsky, who made Paris their new home. Sinfonia Varsovia will be an excellent ambassador of the music of Chopin in France. The Orchestra will perform both of the composer’s piano concertos with soloists Nelson Goerner, Jonathan Fournel, Lukas Geniusas and Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the last Chopin Competition. However, before La Folle Journée takes over the streets of Nantes, the Festival, together with Sinfonia Varsovia, will visit the Pays de la Loire, with the Orchestra’s concerts conducted from the piano by David Kadouch. Apart from works by Chopin, Sinfonia Varsovia’s repertoire will include music by Paderewski, Nowowiejski, Elgar and Mozart, with Lio Kuokman and Michel Corboz conducting.
Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra also organises the Polish Edition of La Folle Journée, which will be held on 28-30 September 2018 in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw.
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