Gérard Pesson / Maurice Ravel / Igor Stravinsky / Anton Webern

Future is a faded song...

Archive 2012

Gérard Pesson
Future is a faded song for piano and orchestraCommissioned by Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Festival d’Automne à Paris
Maurice Ravel
Frontispice (orchestration Pierre Boulez)
Fanfare (prélude to L’Éventail de Jeanne)
Anton Webern
Im Sommerwind
Igor Stravinsky
Le Chant du rossignol
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Tito Ceccherini, direction

Coproduction Cité de la musique ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
In collaboration with the Hessischer Rundfunk With the participation of Société des amis and support of hr-Sinfonieorchester e. V.
With the participation of Sacem
With the support of Mécénat Musical Société Générale
France Musique records this concert

Meticulous, accurate, delicate and refined – such is the compositional art of Gérard Pesson.  In this new work, his chosen pianist pursues the same art, sometimes with only one hand or finger, for a slow, hollowed tempo – pulsating. In the concert described by Pesson as “Stravinsky admiring Webern, a friend of Ravel, who admired Stravinsky” are two miniatures by Maurice Ravel (one arranged by Pierre Boulez), an “idyll” by Anton Webern and two works by Igor Stravinsky, the intense Agon and the captivating Chant du rossignol.