The 38th Festival International de Piano de la Roque d'Anthéron is under way in France. Conducted by Lio Kuokman, Sinfonia Varsovia will play six concerts, accompanying famous pianists, including Nelson Goerner, Nicholas Angelich, Nelson Freire and Anne Queffélec. Concert programmes include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Dvořák.
From 20.07 to 18.08, the south of France becomes one of the centres of musical life in Europe, with the 38th edition of the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron. Théâtre des Terrasses, Église de Lambesc, Musée Granet and many other, often picturesque locations will resound with a wide variety of music – from classical, through jazz to klezmer. During the Festival, the audience will have an opportunity to hear and see performers from all around the world, including Sinfonia Varsovia, who will appear at La Roque d’Anthéron for the fifteenth time. Conducted by Lio Kuokman in Parc du Château de Florans, the Orchestra will accompany renowned pianists, playing a total of six times.
The first concert (6.08) will be devoted to compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The audience will hear two piano concertos – No. 23 in A major and No. 21 in C major, performed by Luis Fernando Pérez – and the Overture to the opera “The Marriage of Figaro”.
Two days later the ensemble will play Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture to the opera “The Barber of Seville”, a Slavonic Dance by Antonin Dvořák and two piano concertos – by Mozart and Bartók, with French pianist Anne Queffélec as soloist.
At the next concert on (11.08) Sinfonia Varsovia will perform Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World” and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Nelson Freire as soloist.
On 13 August the Orchestra will play two concerts – at 8:00 p.m. and at 10:00 p.m., performing works by Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven. The first concert will feature the Hungarian composer’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra and the German composer’s Symphony No. 7. At the late concert the musicians will perform Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. The soloist in the works for piano and orchestra will be Nelson Goerner.
During the Warsaw Orchestra’s last concert on 14 August the audience will listen to works by Romantic composers, including Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor, performed by Nicholas Angelich. The other works performed that day include Robert Schumann’s Overture to the opera “Genoveva” and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
There is good news for those who will not be able to experience the Festival in person: Three concerts – on 6, 8 and 11 August will be broadcast by Radio France Musique. For more information please visit https://www.francemusique.fr/