This concert is all about France seen through American eyes and vice versa.
In An American in Paris, New Yorker George Gershwin pulls out all the stops to evoke the frenetic energy of the French capital. In Amériques, the young Edgar Varèse expresses how much the ‘the States’ impressed him. His piece is an overwhelming orgy of sound, like an urban Le sacre du printemps. Sandwiched between these two substantial courses, Morton Feldman searches for the beauty in stillness, and Maurice Ravel will, in his inimitable fashion, hurl himself into an all-destroying waltz.
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Morton Feldman: Vertical Thoughts 1
Maurice Ravel: La valse arr. 2 piano’s
Edgard Varèse: Amériques arr. 2 piano’s
INTRO (in Dutch) Klaas Coulembier – 19:45
Pascal Sigrist, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, Alexander Gurning, Eugène Galand
4 pianists, 2 pianos
When pianist Pascal Sigrist was exploring an archive a few years ago, he discovered that Varèse had arranged his own gigantic orchestral piece Amériques for four pianists. He drummed up some of his best musical friends straight away. The premiere in 2019 in Wallonia was a huge success, and the Flanders premiere will follow in Leuven. Don’t miss it!