29 January – 7 February 2016
“Nature” is the theme of the 22nd French edition of the La Folle Journée. The greatest festival in the world popularising classical music begins in France today. Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra will perform 27 concerts in the Pays de la Loire and in the city of Nantes.
The French edition of the international La Folle Journée Festival will traditionally begin in the Pays de la Loire (29-31 January). This year, the festival will be hosted by 11 cities, with Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Chamber Orchestra performing in eight: La Roche-sur-Yon, Cholet, Saumur, Saint Nazaire, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Challans, Laval and La Flèche. However this will only be a foretaste of the true musical madness that has been taking place in Nantes since 1995. It was there that René Martin organised his festival for the first time. From 3 to 7 February Nantes will host more than 300 concerts, conferences and educational workshops.
The programme of the festival concerts includes works inspired by nature and written over the centuries – from the Renaissance to contemporary times. René Martin, the Festival’s creator and artistic director has divided the works into a number of categories, including the four seasons, the elements (earth, air, water, fire), night, space, gardens, bestiary and landscapes.
Together with violinist Sayaka Shoji the Polish Chamber Orchestra will perform, among others, Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, also playing the version recomposed by Max Richter. Sinfonia Varsovia’s repertoire will include such works as Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Pablo Casals’ Song of the Birds, Justin Heinrich Knecht’s Portrait musical de la nature, Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, symphonic poems: Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava and From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields, Zygmunt Noskowski’s The Steppe, Isao Matsushita’s concerto for percussion and orchestra Hi-Ten-Yu featuring soloist Eitetsu Hayashi and Karol Szymanowski’s 1st Violin Concerto played by Anna Maria Staśkiewicz. The Orchestra will be conducted by Grzegorz Nowak, Robert Trevino, Daniel Reuss and Lio Kuokman.
Selected concerts by Sinfonia Varsovia will be broadcast by the French ARTE television channel.
Subsequent editions of this international event will be held in Japan, Russia and Poland.
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