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.