Città di Castello, Church of San Domenico
Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra
Gergely Madaras conductor
MAURICE RAVEL Tombeau de Couperin orchestra version
GEORGES BIZET L’Arlésienne Suite n.1
JACQUES OFFENBACH La Vie parisienne: Ouverture (arrangement by Thibault Perrine)
JACQUES OFFENBACH La Fille du tambour-major: selection
JACQUES OFFENBACH La Grande-duchesse de Gérolstein: selection
JACQUES OFFENBACH Souvenir des Bouffes-Parisiens: extracts
JACQUES OFFENBACH La Vie parisienne: Can-can (arrangement by Thibault Perrine)
La belle Hélène, La Fille du tambour-major, La Vie Parisienne are just some of the operettas of Jacques Offenbach which resounded in Paris theatres in the late nineteenth century. Offenbach, who is considered to be the father of this genre, was one of the most popular authors in France. And the Festival devotes to him the opening concert, with a programme that includes famous overture and some of his most popular pages, then as now – including, for example, the unforgettable Can-can. Even the Arlésienne Suite by Bizet, a drama of passion set in the picturesque Provence, refers to the musical theatre, while the Tambeau de Couperin by Ravel is a homage to the composer and to the French music of the seventeenth century. This song, written between 1915 and 1917 dedicates each movement to a friend who died in the First World War, and it is inextricably connected to the memory of the Great War, a theme that characterizes the three-year project of the Festival started last year with a tribute to Austria .
The Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra, conducted by Gergely Madaras from 2013, was born in 1987 from the merger of the Orchestre de l’Opéra and the Camerata de Bourgogne it has become an independent structure capable of delivering in Dijon a symphonic, lyric and chamber music season.