Edition 2018



Thursday 29 march - 20h30

Grand Théâtre de Provence

Along with the Orchestre national de France, Emmanuel Krivine has invited the Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi to play the Symphonic Variations by César Franck.This hybrid piece is not precisely a concerto or a piano symphony, Franck was heavily influenced by Beethoven, and deeply marked by Wagner  and  Liszt. From plaintive contemplation to bubbling lightness, he expresses a remarkable palette of characters.

Francesco Piemontesi is regularly invited to the BBC Proms or the Lucerne Festival. His style is “playful, assertive, intelligent (...), with bone-china clarity” according to The Times and he will enchant us with Richard Strauss' Burlesque. In honour of Debussy's centenary, the orchestra will play three colourful, suave, effervescent movements from Images.

  • Orchestre national de France
    Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
    Francesco Piemontesi, piano

    • César Franck (1822-1890)
    • Symphonic Variations (Variations symphoniques), FWV 46
    • Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    • Burleske in D minor
    • Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    • Images for orchestra (Gigues-Ibéria- Round dances of spring)