Emmanuel Krivine leads the Orchestre National de France in New Year concerts
Emmanuel Krivine continues his first full season as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France with special New Year concerts at Radio France and in Châlons-en-Champagne on 10, 11 and 13 January 2018.
The programme takes the form of the traditional Vienna New Year concert and features waltzes by Johann Strauss II. The concert on 11 January will be broadcast live on France Musique.
During his first few months as Music Director, Krivine and the ONF have broadcast concerts including with Martha Argerich and with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The critical response has been impressive:
"Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality."
Le Monde, September 2017
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Orchestre National de France with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France are joined in concert by Jean-Yves Thibaudet on 16 November 2017 as he moves into the third month as the orchestra’s Music Director. The concert opens with Holliger's orchestrations of Liszt Trübe Wolken and Unstern!, followed by Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with Thibaudet as soloist. Krivine ends the concert with Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra.
The opening concerts of his tenure – as the first French Music Director of the country’s national orchestra in over 40 years – included live TV and online video broadcasts from the newly refurbished Maison de la Radio at the Radio France headquarters in Paris, with soloists including Ann Petersen, Bertrand Chamayou and Martha Argerich, with whom Krivine and the orchestra then performed at Les Grands Interprètes in Toulouse on 7 October. Click here to watch their Paris performance on ARTE Concert.
Of Krivine’s inaugural concert on 9 September, Le Monde wrote:
“Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality.”
Emmanuel Krivine continues inaugural season with the Orchestra National de France with Martha Argerich
Following his triumphant inaugural concert as Music Director on 7 September, Emmanuel Krivine and his Orchestre National de France are joined by Martha Argerich for concerts in Paris and Toulouse on 5 and 7 October 2017. Krivine leads the orchestra in a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Blacher Orchestra-Variations on a Theme of Paganini and Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. The concert in Paris will be broadcast live on France Musique.
Krivine’s first concert as Music Director was broadcast on France Musique and Arte Concert and opened with Webern Passacaglia, a performance praised in Le Monde:
«Séduction immédiate, dont Krivine distille avec sensualité la grâce et la délicatesse, qui déclenche sans retenue le puissant lyrisme de rafales symphoniques, comme si l’enclos de la petite forme permettait à ce sensitif d’exprimer l’entièreté d’une sentimentalité exacerbée.»
"There was immediate seduction, of which Krivine distilled with sensuality its grace and delicacy, which triggered without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic lines, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality.”
Speaking of this concert as the start of his tenure, Diapason assured its readers that “this honeymoon between the orchestra and her head turns into happy marriage.”
Emmanuel Krivine begins inaugural season as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine opens the season of the Orchestre National de France on 7 September 2017 in his first concert as Music Director. The concert takes place at the orchestra’s home, the new hall at the Maison de la Radio, and features the music of Franck, Webern and Richard Strauss, including his Four Last Songs, with soprano Ann Petersen. The concert is broadcast live on France Musique (radio) and Arte Concert (video).
Krivine takes up the post from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon) and joining a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
On 8 September, Krivine and the orchestra perform at the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, joined by Bertrand Chamayou for Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2.
Emmanuel Krivine & La Chambre Philharmonie continue Brahms cycle on tour of France
Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique embark on the final instalment of their complete Brahms cycle on a tour of France this month, beginning at the Philharmonie de Paris on 11 May 2017 and ending with two performances at Aix-en-Provence on 17 and 18 May.
The programme features Brahms Symphony No.1 and his second piano concerto with pianist Martin Helmchen.
They also perform at the Théâtre de Caen and Grenoble MC2, where journalist Antoine Pecqueur discusses the latest in Krivine’s “aventure brahmsienne” here.
Krivine’s last full cycle with La Chambre Philharmonique was the complete Beethoven, recorded live and released on Naïve in 2011. Click here to watch an extract from one of the concerts.
La Chambre Philharmonique is one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles. Click here to watch Emmanuel Krivine explain the “concept” of the orchestra.
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow on 6 and 7 April 2017. The concerts in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls conclude his second season with the orchestra as their Principal Guest Conductor and feature French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who plays Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1.
Krivine conducts Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’ and opens the concerts with Schubert Symphony No.5.
The Scotsman praised his concerts with the SCO in May 2016 for their “precision, power and polish. The sense of excitement and expectation he conjured conveyed integrity, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to share.”
In October, Krivine conducted Berlioz La Nativité du Seigneur with the SCO and SCO Chorus:
"Krivine’s meticulous but flowing approach was beautifully served by the instrumentalists, and especially by the chorus, whose Amen was the last word in finesse."
Herald, October 2016
Emmanuel Krivine begins year in Paris with the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine begins the new year in Paris, conducting the Orchestre National de France in concert at the Maison de la Radio on 12 January 2016.
The programme features Dvořák Symphony No.7 in D minor and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, for which Krivine and the orchestre are joined by soloist Denis Matsuev.
Krivine was last year appointed Music Director of the ONF from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon).
He joins a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
Founded in 1934 the Orchestre National de France is one of the most prestigious orchestras in France. Managed by Radio France, the orchestra performs in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonie de Paris and auditorium of the Maison de Radio France, from where all its concerts are broadcast. It tours across France and the world; in 2016, the Orchestra travelled to North America and enjoyed a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Emmanuel Krivine makes debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine makes his debut at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month, conducting four concerts on 17, 18, 19 and 22 November 2016.
They perform a programme of Liszt, Prokofiev and Dvořák, which will be recorded for deferred radio broadcast and streamed subsequently on csosoundsandstories.org.
Krivine was recently appointed Music Director of the Orchestre National de France (ONF), beginning from September 2017, which he will take up alongside his position as Principal Conductor of his own La Chambre Philharmonique and Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He was praised in October for his "meticulous but flowing approach” (Herald) with the SCO, and he received acclaim for his most recent concert with the ONF:
“In sonority, tone, the fiery gestures, everything was right, with nothing superficial about the brilliance of the contrasts ... Krivine's paradox of intensity and simplicity willed the orchestra to a refined flair, but with care and self-awareness. A triumph justified.”
Diapason, March 2016
“Dans l’acoustique analytique Auditorium de Radio France, Krivine sait équilibrer les pupitres tout en exacerbant la tension par une gestique dynamique, offrant à chacun ... la possibilité de se surpasser. Le courant passe incontestablement, et le public, par ses rappels, en apporte la preuve.”
Concert Classic, March 2016
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine begins his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with concerts on 20 and 21 October 2016.
Under Krivine’s direction, the SCO and SCO Chorus performs Berlioz L’enfance du Christ in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls. They are joined by soloists Christianne Stotijn, Bernard Richter, Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Jérôme Varnier.
Last season, Krivine conducted three programmes with the orchestra, including the season’s closing concerts with a programme of Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Sibelius, singled out in the Scotsman for “Precision, power and polish”.
The chorus is prepared by Chorus Master Gregory Batsleer, who has worked with Krivine on recent choral programmes with the SCO. Watch an extract from Krivine and the SCO’s performance of Beethoven Symphony No.9 below:
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo at Palais Princier
Emmanuel Krivine returns to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo at the Palais Princier on 31 July. These concerts have been taking place each year since 1959 when Prince Rainier III inaugurated the transforming the palace into an outdoor concert venue for concerts with the orchestra and prestigious conductors and soloists.
Krivine, who also conducted the orchestra in their main series earlier this year, conducted at the Palais Princier in August 2015 with Boris Giltburg, performing Liszt, Grieg and Gershwin. This year’s programme combines two Russian works, Prokofiev’s neo-classical Symphony No.1 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Ravel’s own Piano Concerto in G major, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Emmanuel Krivine was recently announced as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, beginning in September 2017, the first French conductor to lead a major Paris orchestra since Jean Martignon retired from the same orchestra in 1973.
Emmanuel Krivine appointed Music Director of Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine has been appointed as the next Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, announced on Monday 13 June 2016. He will take up the post from 1 September 2017, becoming the first French Music Director of the orchestra for more than forty years (since Jean Martinon).
He joins a distinguished line of previous Music Directors, including Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and, most recently, Daniele Gatti.
Regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today, Krivine has previously held the posts of Permanent Guest Conductor at Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 to 1983, Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 to 2000 and Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg from 2006 to 2015. In 2004 he founded the period instrument ensemble La Chambre Philharmonique, of which he is Principal Conductor, and from the 2015/16 season he has held the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2016/17 season.
Founded in 1934 the Orchestre National de France is one of the most prestigious orchestras in France. Managed by Radio France, the orchestra performs in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and auditorium of the Maison de Radio France, from where all its concerts are broadcast. It tours across France and the world; in 2016, the Orchestra travels to North America and enjoys a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Intermusica artists star at the 2016 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2016 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. Set in the scenic mountain resort of Verbier, Switzerland, the festival draws the most respected names in classical music each year. See performance times, dates and venues below:
Baráti then performs two back to back solo recitals at the Église de Verbier Village on 26 July. At 11am, he performs Bach Sonatas for Solo Violin Nos 1, 2 and 3, and at 2.30pm he performs Bach Violin Partitas Nos 1, 2 and 3.
Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Leonidas Kavakos at the Église de Verbier at 11am on 29 July to perform Smetana Piano Trio, Op.15 alongside Gautier Capucon. Trifonov and Capucon also perform R. Schumann Fantasiestücke and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor.
Leonidas Kavakos then performs with Yuja Wang, Martin Fröst, Gautier Capucon, Roman Simovic and Blythe Teh Engstroem at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 30 July, playing a programme of Bartók, Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Daniil Trifonov gives his third and final performance at the festival on 31 July, joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy at 7pm at the Salle des Combins to perform his own Piano Concerto.
Leonidas Kavakos performs the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alexander Buzlov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 1 August.
George Li joins Emmanuel Krivine and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 6 August. Li performs as soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, in addition to Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No.3 with Joshua Bell and Bizet Symphony in C major.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Verbier Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of Mozart Don Giovanni at 2.30pm on 7 August at the Salle des Combins.
Visit Medici.tv for broadcast links to each concert.
Emmanuel Krivine closes Scottish Chamber Orchestra season in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow
Emmanuel Krivine returns to closes the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s season for concerts on 11, 13 and 13 May 2016 in Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow, with Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’. Krivine became Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra at the start of the 2015/16 season and the concerts represent his third visit of the season.
In March he conducted three concerts of Schumann Violin Concerto with Russian violinist Alina Abragimova, followed by Brahms Symphony No.4 as part of the orchestra’s Brahms series.
Click here to watch a short clip, highlighting his first concerts of this season in November.
Emmanuel Krivine steps in for concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for concerts on 10, 11 and 12 March in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Krivine became Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra at the start of the 2015/16 season.
He is joined by Russian violinist Alina Abragimova for three concerts of Schumann Violin Concerto, followed by Brahms Symphony No.4 as part of the orchestra’s Brahms series.
Watch a short clip highlighting his first concerts of this season in November. Krivine returns to close the orchestra’s season in May with Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’.
Emmanuel Krivine gives first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine begins his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra this season, giving his first concerts in Perth Horsecross, Edinburgh Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls on 4, 5 and 6 November 2015.
Speaking of this exciting new chapter in his and the orchestra’s career, Krivine writes:
“As Montaigne spoke about his friendship with La Boetie, 'parce que c'était lui, parce que c'était moi.' So is my relationship with the SCO!
The particular quality of this orchestra and its capacity to go beyond the routine of the daily musical ‘office’. It’s easy for any orchestra to be overcome by the constant flow of their routine and the fatigue, which usually follows. But in the SCO this daily routine is undetectable and perhaps this is what gives it its spirit. Is this a uniquely Scottish trait? I couldn’t say but believe me, to a conductor, it is heaven!
I am delighted to begin the role of Principal Guest Conductor and having worked with the orchestra for many years, I am sure that this collaboration will both be fruitful and offer beautiful moments for our audiences and us to share.”
On his appointment to the position in July 2014, the Herald congratulated the “flamboyantly original Frenchman”, with his “reputation for vivid orchestral colour.” This followed successful concerts at Usher Hall of Schumann and Beethoven that season:
“His understanding and direction of Beethoven (and everything else) is as revolutionary as the music. Krivine makes you realize its relevance in today’s world, his totally fresh interpretation … makes one think anew … Krivine moulds this music as a sculptor would create his sculptures … a performance of world class.”
“It’s strange to think that Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 is two centuries old – especially as it has never sounded so fresh or modern as in this thrilling performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.”
Click here to read more about Emmanuel Krivine and the SCO and watch a recent performance.
Emmanuel Krivine returns to the Orchestre National de France
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre National de France this week for the first of two concerts with the orchestra this season, performing at the Festival de Musique Classique de Montreux-Vevey on 6 September 2015.
The programme features pianist Bertrand Chamayou, playing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22 and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.
Krivine will then return for a concert in Paris on 22 October with pianist Louis Lortie, broadcast live on Radio France.
Watch Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France below.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Orchestre de Paris at Philharmonie de Paris
On 13 May, Emmanuel Krivine conducts a performance of Brahms Symphony No.1 and Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris and soloist Alisa Weilerstein at the newly-opened Philharmonie de Paris.
Krivine made his Philharmonie debut shortly after the hall opened, conducting a sold-out performance with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Joshua Bell. A well-known figure in Paris, having been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France between 1976 and 1983, Krivine regularly conducts in the city and gives at least concert a year with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique.
Watch a performance of La Chambre Philharmonique’s concert in December 2014, in a programme of Brahms, Schumann and Dvořák, at Paris’s Cité de la Musique here.
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Ferrara, Montreux & Paris
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in concerts in Ferrara, Montreux and Paris on 12, 14 and 16 February. The programme includes Schumann Symphony No.2 in C major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D with violinist Joshua Bell.
They will perform at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Auditorium Stravinsky in Montreux and the new Philharmonie de Paris, Krivine’s debut performance in the venue.
The tour forms part of a long-standing collaboration between the orchestra and Krivine, who have toured together to Japan and around Europe, and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.
Watch Krivine, a renowned interpreter of Dvorâk, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe play Dvorâk Symphony No.8 at the Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence last year:
Emmanuel Krivine returns to Paris with La Chambre Philharmonique
Following their visit in May this year, Emmanuel Krivine and La Chambre Philharmonique will return to Cité de la Musique, Paris on 28 November. Krivine founded the orchestra in 2004 and serves as its Artistic Director. Together they will present a programme of Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 'Reformation' and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' with soloist Bertrand Chamayou.
Praised by the Herald in July as "the flamboyantly original Frenchman" with a "reputation for vivid orchestral colour", Krivine and his orchestra played at London's Cadogan Hall in May:
"As a feat of technical and musical finesse, it was a foretaste of the subtly spiced flavour of the performance as a whole... pungent and prismatic, climaxing in a big, blazing sonority... Krivine and his orchestra deserve a return invitation."
This concert in Paris is followed by a repeat performance on 30 November at Opéra de Lyon. This will mark a return to Lyon for Krivine, who served as Music Director of L'Orchestre National de Lyon between 1987 and 2000.
La Chambre Philharmonique will return to the Cité in December as part of a French tour of a programme that includes Brahms, Schumann and Dvorák.
Emmanuel Krivine is new Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Ahead of two concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on 8 and 9 May, Emmanuel Krivine has been announced as the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO).
Krivine and the orchestra have enjoyed a close relationship for many years. This new appointment will allow Krivine and the SCO to explore new opportunities and repertoire together, both live in concert and in the recording studio. Krivine begins as Principal Guest Conductor at the start of the 2015/16 season.
Commenting on the announcement, Emmanuel Krivine said: “I am really happy to be joining the outstanding artistic team of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I have always enjoyed my collaborations over many years with this fine orchestra. There is a wonderful family atmosphere, which results in great music-making, and the musicians have an exceptional way of listening to each other. I look forward to realising some exciting projects in the future across a broad spectrum of repertoire, to refining the musical language that we share, and to closening my relationship with Scotland and its audiences.”
Krivine performs Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the orchestra and SCO Chorus at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (8 May) and Glasgow City Halls (9 May). The all-German line-up of soloists include soprano Ruth Ziesak and bass Konstantin Wolff. The programme opens with Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo & Finale.
Krivine’s recordings for Naïve of the complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments with his own La Chambre Philharmonique have received much critical praise. Anna Picard in the Independent on Sunday called the recording of the Ninth Symphony a “refreshing, bold performance”.
His recording of the complete symphonies was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone in May 2011, and Rob Cowan wrote in his review: “Certainly if you know someone who has yet to discover this greatest of all symphony cycles, you could hardly do better than give them this as a gift. It will set them up for life.”
Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at Aix Easter Festival
On 24 April, Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, as part of Festival de Pâques, Aix en Provence. The programme includes Dvořák Symphony No.8, preceded by a first half of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and his Piano Concerto No.1, played by Martha Argerich.
The performance celebrates a long-lasting collaboration between Emmanuel Krivine, Martha Argerich and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which brings together the best soloists of the European Union and has been described as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world”. The orchestra toured to Japan with Krivine and Argerich in the late 1990s and in 2000, performing works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner. Krivine has also toured in recent years with the COE to Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, as well as his native France. Emmanuel Krivine and the COE have also recorded together for Deutsche Grammophon, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Maria João Pires.
A renowned conductor of Dvořák, Krivine recorded the ninth symphony in 2008 with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, on Naïve, coupled with Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra. Edward Greenfield in Gramophone wrote of this recording: “Krivine secures biting attack in both works… The reduced string band also encourages pianissimos of breathtaking intensity, dramatically contrasted against the sharp impact of the extreme fortissimos.”
Emmanuel Krivine makes return to Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for two concerts
Emmanuel Krivine makes a much-anticipated return to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for two concerts on 2 and 3 November. Krivine conducts Die Seejungfrau by Zemlinsky, the Viennese composer, whom Krivine has often championed. In the first half, Maestro Krivine conducts Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 with his fellow Frenchman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as soloist.
The following week, Krivine and his Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg perform Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra on 8 November, as part of the Luxembourg Festival. Maestro Krivine then takes the orchestra on tour to the Mannheimer Rosengarten in Germany (10 November) and to the Salle Pleyel in Paris (13 November), where he has Alexandre Tharaud as his soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Krivine’s performance in Paris last month (at the Cité de la Musique) with his own period-instrument orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, is available to view here. They performed a first half of Wagner (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung, and Act I of Das Rheingold) and Schumann’s Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’ in the second half.