Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents


A true hymn to joy, love and life, the arresting Turangalîla-Symphonie abounds in contrasts and vivid tonal colours. Here, a highly virtuosic piano part and the mysterious-sounding ondes Martenot play leading roles in the orchestra. A collaborator of the OSM for many years, Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Orchestra as Rafael Payare conducts one of Messiaen’s most powerful works.

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Rafael Payare, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Through elegant musicality and an insightful approach to contemporary and established repertoire, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. He is especially known for his diverse interests beyond the classical world, including numerous collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. Thibaudet’s recent recordings include Night after Night, a collection of James Newton Howard’s scores for the films of M. Night Shyamalan; Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas, recorded with Midori; and Carte Blanche, a collection of deeply personal solo pieces never before recorded by the pianist. Other recording highlights include the complete solo piano music of Debussy, Satie and Ravel. In addition to his orchestral dates this season, Thibaudet continues his multi-season focus on Debussy’s Préludes, presenting both books in their entirety in recitals throughout Europe. With Michael Feinstein, he continues the acclaimed program Two Pianos: Who Could Ask for Anything More?, featuring works by Gershwin, Rodgers and others.

Cécile Lartigau, ondes Martenot

Cecile Lartigau is one of today’s rare ondes Martenot players, internationally recognized for her multifaceted career as a soloist, improviser and performer involved in performing arts.

A leading interpreter, her vast repertoire includes works from solo to orchestra, by Bussotti, Parmegiani, Murail, Cage and Messiaen in particular, and she regularly premieres new works. Lartigau has recently recreated the striking trio piano, ondes Martenot and percussions in collaboration with Paul and Jeremy Gohier, and has also founded the duo Due Voci with Monica Benvenuti around the works of Bussotti and his disciples. At the same time, her researches on lost works have pushed her to rediscover the first music for ondes Martenot and orchestra, Poème Symphonique composed by Dimitrios Levidis in 1928.

Since 2018, Cecile has been touring, as an improviser, in Everything that happened and would happen, a large-scale production of Goebbels. She is a member of two improvised experimental music quintets : The Mayfield and Poulp’. In April 2023, she created her first scenic performance with music, light design and video projection on Candide ou l’Optimisme of the French philosopher Voltaire.

Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm: a concert talk will take place before the December 6 concert. All ticket holders are welcome! (duration: 30 minutes)

Maison symphonique
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 7:30pm

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