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    Orchestre National de France

    James Gaffigan  direction
    Seong-Jin Cho  piano 

    Rachmaninov and Prokofiev by American conductor James Gaffigan and South-Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho

    James Gaffigan, Seong Jin Cho
    James Gaffigan © Vera Hartmann / Seong Jin Cho © Harald Hoffmann

    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1
    Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

    American James Gaffigan is considered to be one of the most interesting conductors of his generation. He trained at the Tanglewood Music Center and is equally at ease with symphonic programmes, which he conducts on both sides of the Atlantic, and opera. South-Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho came to prominence at the age of just 17, when he won Third Prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He achieved international renown four years later in the autumn of 2015, when he won the prestigious Chopin International Competition, whose previous winners include Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Maurizio Pollini, Rafal Blechacz, and Yundi (Li). His playing is suffused with poetry and is pared-back yet expressive; his breathtakingly accomplished technique is never flashy, and his consummate sense of natural balance marks him out as a great performer. Tonight, he will showcase these talents with Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1, which is appropriately full of energy, youth and virtuosity.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France
    France Musique live broadcasts this concert.

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