Orchestre National de France - Schubert, Berg
From the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti. Schubert: Symphony No 8; The Shepherd on the Rock. Berg: Symphonic Pieces from Lulu.
Live from the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris
Tonight we join with Radio France in Paris as Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France perform masterworks by Schubert and Berg.
Two works by Schubert open the concert - his sublime 'Unfinished' 8th Symphony is followed by Carl Reinecke's orchestration of his 'Shepherd on the Rock' a song of a lonely shepherd high in the mountains which swings from despair to hope and which is sung tonight by soprano Chen Reiss. She returns in the second half to perform the suite Berg made from his opera Lulu, a dark tale of seduction and murder with richly scored music.
Tonight's concert takes place in the Theatre des Champs-Elysees which has been the home to the ONF since 1944 and was famously the venue for the riotous first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The orchestra itself is run by Radio France and tonight's conductor Daniele Gatti is the latest in a long line of distinguished Music Directors including Charles Munch, Sergiu Celibidache, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit and Kurt Masur.
Schubert: Symphony no.8 in B minor D.759 'Unfinished'
Schubert arr.Reinecke: 'The Shepherd on the Rock' D.965
8.10 Interval - Martin Handley explores the illustrious history of the Orchestra National de France and its home.
Berg: Symphonic Pieces from 'Lulu'
Chen Reiss (soprano)
Patrick Messina (clarinet)
Orchestre National de France
Daniele Gatti (conductor).