Haydn in London, Mozart in Paris, Berlioz in Italy, Rimsky-Korsakov in Brazil or Ravel in Spain. The great composers have traveled. La Folle Journée of Nantes, which is celebrating its quarter century of existence, has built its massive programming around this. During five days, from 30 January to 3 February, the City of the congress will host 290 concerts. Approximately 150,000 listeners are expected.

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The soprano Raquel Camarinha, surrounded by a quartet and musicians soloists, will perform Friday night, the Four poems of the hindus of Maurice Delage, Three poems of the lyrical japanese of Stravinsky and the Folk Songs of Berio – inspired by the United States, Armenia and Italy. The tone is set. It is no longer the event. In 25 years, it has become one of the largest festivals dedicated to the piano and to classical music in the world.

regular venues, Boris Berezovsky will perform on Saturday, with Akiko Suwanai on violin, Henri Demarquette on the cello, the Trio in a minor, op. 50 by Tchaikovsky. The composer wrote it during a stay in Rome. The next day, the Russian pianist tackles in the second Chopin concerto with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the orchestra, guest of the festival. Live on Arte at 15: 45.

Boris Berezovsky, Lucas Debargue, Abdel Rahman El Bacha

the indefatigable globe-trotter Camille Saint-Saëns, Lucas Debargue will play the Suite algérienne and the Concerto n°5 , said “Egyptian”. We remember the breakthrough of the young pianist Tchaikovsky competition in 2015. Arrived fourth, he had seduced, as rarely it may be, the music critic in moscow. Since then, he has recorded three discs for Sony Classical.

The cast gathered together by the Crazy Day requires: Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Francis Chaplin, Claire-Marie Leguay, Alexei Volodine, Iddo Bar-Shaï, the harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, or the Trio Wanderer. Note that Iddo Bar-Shaï will be the world premiere of Romance for violin and piano Alexis Weissenberg, pianist of israel was the student.

Among the younger generation of performers include the cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière – first Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2017, the clarinetist Raphael Severe, the pianist David Kadouch.

Liszt to the oud and horn of the postilion

Some live concerts have the scent of the mystery. One of them, entitled “the silk road”, will bring together instrumentalists asian and a French choir. Bandoneon, guitar, castanets: the Spain of de Falla and South America, Piazzolla will be several times the place of honour. Another surprise, of the works of Liszt, interpreted with the oud and the qanoun, a zither Arabic.

The baroque music is not in rest. Margaux Blanchard promises a “poetic journey for viola da gamba”. All Fireworks will revive the horn of a postilion, a small instrument of the Great Century. Three hundred years from there, the beautiful vocal music of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt is sounded four times during the Crazy Days. What cause the public to other spheres.

“La Folle Journée de Nantes”, la Cité des congrès. Dates: Tel (for persons in a situation of disability): 02 85 52 93 39. Dates: 30 January to 3 February.