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Ravel : Bolero / Strauss : Don Quichotte

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  3. Ravel : Bolero / Strauss : Don Quichotte
Saturday 15th October 2022
7 pm l 1h40 including intermission

Cast


Johannes Moser Cello

Orchestre national d’Île-de-France
Case Scaglione Conductor

Presentation

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Bolero

Ballet commissioned by Ida Rubinstein, first performed at the Paris Opera in 1928.

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Don Quixote

Long symphonic poem for cello, viola and large orchestra, first performed with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne in 1898.

The performance will be given in the setting "The Marble Palace with Gold Accents" designed by the famous Ciceri for the Royal Opera House.

Maurice Ravel's Bolero is probably the best-known score in the classical register. This ballet music was composed for the Russian dancer and wealthy patron, Ida Rubinstein, who commissioned the composer to write a "ballet of Spanish character" that goes far beyond the codes of choreography to achieve an extraordinary fullness of sound. Ravel imagined a single musical phrase that becomes the body of a dance movement in one piece, with an unvarying rhythm and tempo, infinite modulations of a single melody. Only the orchestration constantly changes and the melody circulates to all the instruments, during a slow crescendo that suddenly literally explodes. A seemingly theoretical project, which could turn out dry and scholastic, its hypnotic effect on the audience from the very first performance has never waned, and provokes absolute enthusiasm. Because the score is based solely on the principle of repetition, it disconcerted many composers who attended the premiere, such as Florent Schmitt. Others noted the feats of instrumentation, such as Charles Koechlin, who stated in his famous Traité de l'orchestration (1954) that "this entire score is to be studied in detail, for the balance and gradation of sonorities". But above all, it is a question of hearing the Bolero as a score that gently hooks you by questioning you with that throbbing percussion at the beginning, never to let go until the apotheosis!

Richard Strauss's Don Quixote is a magnificent symphonic poem with solo cello: these 'Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Chivalrous Nature' composed in 1898 have become a cult score for symphony orchestras. The cello plays the character of Don Quixote, while the bass clarinet, tuba and viola play the bucolic and mischievous motif of his faithful servant, Sancho Panza. Most of the knight's adventures are described: the fight against the herd of sheep, the windmills or the flight in the air. But above all, Strauss portrayed himself in this work, through the whimsical and nostalgic character of Quixote and his desperate and ridiculous struggle to find love... A splendid work, this Don Quixote requires all the colours of the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, spiritedly directed by its conductor Case Scaglione, with the star German cellist Johannes Moser, who makes the most beautiful concert halls in the world vibrate with his indomitable energy!

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Programme : 

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Alborada del gracioso
Boléro
Rapsodie espagnole

Entracte

Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Don Quichotte

Lire la suite

Royal Opera

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Prices

Catégorie 3

41€ to 49€
Web Carte CVS
41€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
41€
Web Tarif Plein
49€

Catégorie 2

59€ to 70€
Web Carte CVS
59€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
59€
Web Tarif Plein
70€

Catégorie 1

78€ to 92€
Web Carte CVS
78€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
78€
Web Tarif Plein
92€

Prestige

113€ to 130€
Web Carte CVS
113€
Web Tarif moins de 26 ans
113€
Web Tarif Plein
130€

Prestige VIP

151€
Web Tarif Plein
151€

Possibility of booking tickets via the Culture Pass according to the quotas allocated to the operation.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY : Best seats in house with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s,Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm) or in our box office-shop (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles ; Monday-Friday from 11am to 6pm, and on Saturdays with concerts or shows except during the Musical Fountains Shows, from 2pm to 5pm).

 

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