At the end of the Seventeenth century, the lords of la Roque reigned at the château de Florans. Three centuries later, in the large park that surrounds it, prevail each summer by the piano and classical music at the festival of La Roque d’anthéron, which will soon celebrate its four decades of existence. From 19 July to 18 August, Jean-Pierre Onoratini and René Martin, the artistic director also to the commands of the “Folles Journées” in Nantes and in the world, showing a hundred symphonic concerts, chamber music and recitals for a solo instrument. Check out the selection of Figaro of the appointment the must-sees of this 39th edition.
● Evgeny Kissin, the bird of fire
At 47 years old, the Russian pianist keeps the qualities which, thirty years earlier, had not escaped the great Herbert von Karajan: a desire of perfection, a work of inexhaustible, a quest maniac beauty of the sound. He performs with the Philharmonic of Radio France, under the direction of the chief of the Latvian Andris Poga, and will play, in particular the Concerto n°2 of Liszt, where the expressiveness romantic is at its peak.
Park of the Florans castle. Friday, 19 July at 21h.
● Adam Laloum, to flower of skin
along with the philharmonique de Marseille conducted by the american conductor Lawrence Foster, the first Great Prize at the international Contest Clara-Haskil in 2009, will play the Concerto n°27 Mozart and the piano Concerto of Schumann. A directory in which the pianist should be able to highlight its requirement for music and his exceptional sensitivity.
Park of the Florans castle. Saturday, July 20th at 21h.
● Alexandre Kantorow, already large
Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus of Berlin… At the age of 21, the track record of Alexandre Kantorow and his musical maturity admiration. Therefore, its program embraces the virtuoso Sonata no. 1 of Rachmaninov, the second of Beethoven, and the sixth Night of Fauré, tender and complex.
Park of the Florans castle. Friday, July 26 at 21h.
● Barbara Hendricks, “road to freedom”
The great american soprano of 70 years, that made recently a tribute to Our Lady, is also at home in the negro spirituals are in the major roles of the lyric art. Composers as awesome as Penderecki or Arvo Pärt have entrusted him with some of their creations. The singer combines her love of jazz and the freedom it stands for around the world for the united Nations – in a program titled “road to freedom”, made up of blues standards.
Park of the Florans castle. Sunday, July 28 at 19h.
● Grigory Sokolov, the master of the Russian piano
One does not need to present this giant of the piano. Each of his concerts is welcomed as an event. The great Grigory Sokolov will propose a program around Beethoven and Brahms. The first, the Sonata no. 3 , considered one of the most successful German composer ; the second, two Klavierstücke , opus 118 and 119 pieces brief written at the very end of the life of the musician.
the Grand Théâtre de Provence, 13100 Aix-En-Provence. Sunday, July 28 at 21h.
● Nikolai Lugansky, dreamer, passionate.
In most parts of Franck ( Prelude, Aria and Final ), and Debussy (two Arabesque , Images, Book II ), the pianist will play the E studies of Scriabin and the beautiful Sonata no. 3 of the Russian composer, a work of intimate, lyrical and tormented. Emotions that knows how to give birth to the refined set of Nikolai Lugansky, a former disciple of the great Tatiana Nikolaïeva and winner of the Tchaikovsky competition in 1993.
Park of the Florans castle. Monday, July 29 at 21h.
● Nelson Freire, the inner strength
For the sensuality of his touch, for his technical mastery – such that it forgets to allow for the emergence of the beauty of the work, a brazilian pianist is considered one of the best in the world, the quenching of the great masters of the past. He interprets the fourth concerto of Beethoven for piano, the more free formally of the five, with the philharmonic orchestra of Monte Carlo directed by the japanese Kazuki Yamada.
Park of the Florans castle. Tuesday, July 30 at 21h.
● The phenomenon Lucas Debargue
In 2015, the musician came to the fourth place in the Tchaikovsky competition. But the support of Valery Gergiev, the enthusiasm of Boris Berezovsky have powered on the front of the stage. When he is at the piano, the thirty-year-old said search for “the trance state”. A state in which the Sonata opus 22 of Medtner and the Years of pilgrimage Liszt, lend themselves perfectly.
Park of the Florans castle. Thursday, 1 August at 21h.
● Arcadi Volodos, a unique voice
The Russian pianist was “the height of view of the builder,” and “the sensitivity of the poet”, wrote about our critic Christian Merlin. At 47 years, Arcadi Volodos is a well-known artist, but her unique personality, a mix of power and sensitivity, making every recital a rediscovery. He will perform, in addition to five pieces of Scriabin, the Preludes opus 3 and opus 23, Rachmaninoff, and the Sonata no. 1 Schubert, rarely programmed in concert.
Park of the Florans castle. Friday, August 2 at 21h.
● tsar Boris Berezovsky
Refusing to work Mozart – “not interesting enough musically” -, comfortable in the works of the most difficult in the repertoire that he discusses with a phenomenal power, Boris Berezovsky will play the Sonata no. 2 Rachmaninov, and transcripts are made by the same Rachmaninoff pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Kreisler – the exceptional Liedesleid .
Park of the Florans castle. Sunday, August 4, at 19h.
● Master class of Rena Shereshevskaya
a Professor of international repute, a teacher currently at the École Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot, Rena Shereshevskaya has formed many wonders of the younger generation, as Lucas Debargue. Major concert performers such as Brigitte Engerer in his time, also seek its advice. It will give three master classes to the public, available free of charge on booking.
Salle des Fêtes Marcel Pagnol, 13640 La Roque d’anthéron. Monday, 5 August 2019 at 11h, 14h and 16h.
● The Trio Wanderer (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian the violin Raphaël Pidoux cello Vincent Coq, piano)
The members of the Trio Wanderer will focus on the work of Schumann, and interpret the three Trios with piano of the German master, composed between 1847 and 1851, a few years before his death. The trio has received the Victoire de la Musique for Best instrumental ensemble of the year in 1997, 2000 and 2009 and has recorded for Harmonia Mundi several records that have become references.
the Forecourt of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, 13410 Lambesc. Wednesday, August 7, at 20h.
● Benjamin Grosvenor, the “British touch”
Representative of a “British touch”, far from the wild romanticism or pure technique, the British Benjamin Grosvenor has the delicacy and subtlety of an Alfred Brendel. Since 2011, the young man records exclusively for Decca Classics, a contract that is almost a distinction when it is known that he was then the youngest artist in the history of this house. In the program, the Kreisleriana Schumann and extracts of Visions fugitives of Prokofiev. Has must-see .
Park of the Florans castle. Tuesday 13 August at 21h.
39th edition of the Festival de La Roque d’anthéron, from 19 July to 18 August, in the park of the Florans castle and in eighteen other places in the region. Rates: from 22 to 56€.
● trailer of the 39th edition