Erik Orsenna | narrator
Henri Demarquette | cello
Michel Dalberto | piano
The story of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in music and words.
ONCE UPON A TIME NINTH
Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano No. 2, 2nd mouvement
Sonata for cello and piano No. 5, 2nd and 3rd mouvements
Sonata for cello and piano No. 3, 2nd mouvement
Sonata No. 9 « A Kreutzer », 2nd mouvement (transcription by Karl Czerny)
Sonata for piano Op. 27 No. 2 « Clair de lune » ...
"For most artists, the masterpiece(s) arrive unannounced, at some point in their lives, by surprise, when they are not expected, or no longer expected. Rimbaud, when he was young, before the silence. The Leopard by Lampedusa, had passed sixty years of age having written nothing before. Boléro, one of Ravel's oddities... For others, much rarer, existence seems a slow rise, an elevation. It is as if each work lays the groundwork for the next one and each one advances until it reaches the ultimate and most complete, the ultimate song, that of the swan, the most beautiful as well as the most complete.
With his Requiem, Mozart perhaps illustrates this upsetting upward movement. But it is Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony that embodies it. So this is the story of the Ninth, the most famous of all symphonies. This is the story of a genius, the strongest and most fragile, the most human of all men. And this is the story of a dream of Europe, the most necessary of all dreams" Erik Orsenna.
PRODUCTION Grandes Scènes