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”The general perception of French music seems to be that it’s light, ethereal, sometimes even jolly, distinctly lacking violence or harshness. However, we too can be harsh in our music." Conductor Patrick Fournillier introduces you three musical gems from 20th century French composers.
The music must describe the beautiful yet merciless sea and ice, and how small and powerless we are against their might. These were composer, conductor and violinist Jaakko Kuusisto’s first thoughts when starting to work on his new Finnish opera, Ice. It is based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel. Read more!
I was heavily influenced by the 1936 movie Camille, starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, as well as the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, La Dame aux Camélias.
Love, death, nature and the mystery of life are themes that recur in Kaija Saariaho’s music every since her youthful works, and they maintain a strong presence today, in the 2010s. At the same time, the key element in her music – tonal colour – has become increasingly significant: the lucid is more lucid than ever, and the dark hues are darker still.