Calendar of premieres for February

Calendar of premieres for February

A portrait of Pascal Dusapin at the Présences festival of Radio France

Following the resounding success of his residency with the two orchestras of the Maison de la Radio in 2018-2019, Pascal Dusapin will be the central figure of the Radio France Présences festival 2021 in February.

A great event ambitiously organised by the creation team of this prestigious institution, judging by the impressive programme of works presented and the performers invited: a version of Outscape by the young and prodigious cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière, the French premiere of Waves by Olivier Latry and the Philharmonique conducted by Alain Altinoglu, the Ensemble intercontemporain and its impressive soloists performing the "classics" Quad and Aria, and, last but not least, the most faithful of the faithful including Sonia Wieder-Atherton (the works for solo cello), Vanessa Wagner (the complete Etudes for piano), Paul Gay (O Mensch!), Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (the world premiere of the complete Piano Works cycle and a performance of the masterpiece Jetzt Genau!), the Quatuor Diotima, and even Bernard Foccroule, all gathered in the name of the composer’s timeless successes written for them.

The present, which of course cannot be underestimated at a “Présences” festival, will even take the liberty of summoning the past for an inaugural evening during which Dusapin’s public will not fail to be moved by the world premiere of the composer’s work by Armand Angster and Françoise Kubler‘s Accroche Note ensemble, two artists with exceptional talent and longevity.

Two artists who also defended the composer during his early years and to whom he undoubtedly owes the premises of this Vita Sognata, this "dream life" of a composer, dedicated to them on 2 February at the Radio France Auditorium, highlighting five exceptional days of music and culture at their highest level, introduced by the musicologist Jacques Amblard with the great mastery to which we are accustomed.


The calendar of premieres for the month of February, which announces an increasingly scintillating 2021 on stage as the health crisis improves, can be found below: 

Agenda :

Pascal Dusapin La Vita Sognata - Concert broadcast live on France Musique
World premiere: 2 February 2021

Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio
Ensemble Accroche Note
Françoise Kubler, soprano
Franck Ollu, conductor

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Pascal Dusapin - Piano Works (full cycle) - Concert broadcast live on France Musique
World premiere: 3 February 2021

Studio 104 - Maison de la Radio
Jean Frédéric Neuburger, piano
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Eric Tanguy - Strange Times - Concert broadcast live on France Musique
World premiere: 4 February 2021
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio
Orchestre National de France
Kristiina Poska, conductor

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Benjamin Attahir - Al Icha - Concert broadcast on 3 March 2021 at 8 p.m. on France Musique
World premiere: 6 February 2021
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Pascal Rophé, conductor
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Pascal Dusapin - Macbeth Underworld - Postponed (date to come)
National premiere: 6 February 2021
Saarländisches Staatstheater GmbH

Peter Schöne, Macbeth
Dshamilija Kaiser, Lady Macbeth
Markus Jaursch, Ghost
Marie Smolka, Child
Maria Cara Pino Cury, Weird sister
Valda Wilson, Weird sister
Carmen Seibel, Weird sister
Algirdas Drevinskas, Porter
Stefan Neubert, conductor
Lorenzo Fioroni, staging

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Eric Tanguy - Concerto n° 2Digital broadcast on the orchestra YouTube channel
National premiere: 10 February 2021
Théâtre municipal de Jyväskylä - Finlande
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Julia Pusker, violin
Ville Matvejeff, conductor

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Sivan Eldar - After Arethusa - Concert broadcast on Philharmonie Live and Mezzo 
World premiere: 27 February 2021
Opéra Berlioz / Le Corum - Montpellier
Chœur de l’Opéra national Montpellier Occitanie
Noëlle Gényconductor

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Eric Tanguy - Affettuoso - Cancelled
National premiere: 27 February 2021
Royal Albert Hall - London
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

Benjamin Attahir - Jawb - Cancelled
National prmeiere: 28 February 2021

Boulez Saal - Berlin
West-Eastern Divan Ensemble
Michael Barenboim, violin / conductor
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François Meïmoun - Le Rite de la nuit noire (Voyage d’Artaud au Mexique)
for ensemble
Philharmonie de Paris
Ensemble intercontemporain
Léo Warynski, conductor

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Philippe Manoury - Partita I 
for viola and electronics in real time
Philharmonie de Paris
Carole Dauphin-Roth,



Claude Debussy - Pélléas et Mélisande
Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Adèle Charvet, Mélisande
Huw Montague Rendall, Pelléas
Nicolas Courjal, Golaud 
Jean Teitgen, Arkel
Lucile Richardot, Geneviève
Anne-Sophie Petit, Yniold
Richard Rittelmann, the Doctor, the Shepherd
Pierre Dumoussaud, conductor
Eric Ruf, staging


Francis Poulenc - La Voix humaine
lyrical tragedy in 1 act on a libretto by Jean Cocteau
Maison de la Radio - Studio 104
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Barbara Hannigan, soprano and conductor
Denis Guégin, video

Olivier Messiaen - Les Offrandes oubliées (méditation symphonique)
Claude Debussy - La Mer
Maurice Ravel - Concerto pour la main gauche

for orchestra
Philharmonie de Paris
Orchestre de Paris
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

Claude Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Maurice Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte

for orchestra
Philharmonie de Paris
Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris
Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor


Paul Dukas - L'Apprenti sorcier
for orchestra
Orchestre national de France
Dalia Stasevska, conductor