Calendar of premieres for January

Calendar of premieres for January

A start of the year full of inspired creations

On 19 January, the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix will welcome one of its native artists, the pianist Célimène Daudet, for a concertante premiere by Christian Rivet with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie conducted by Nicolas Chalvin, its current musical director (before the arrival of Pieter-Jelle de Boer). 

The work of Christian Rivet, here in good company (alongside Mozart's concerto no.21 and Haydn's “The Bear” symphony), tells "the story of a future designed in the style of Dos Passos with, as a backdrop, literary simultaneism. A story to be detached as closely as possible according to the dotted lines of some traces and other reminiscences" (says the composer). Entitled Brisé d’arêtes et bord du vent, this concerto will be told in six "short stories", "countless reflections that hold a night in suspense". Not only a piece of music, the work is also, again according to its creator, an "invitation to extend the words of the composer by filling the breaths of silence to share the emotion that the latter expresses. These blanks here and there are resonators, extensions towards a more universal sphere. " 

Two days later, on 21 January, the Belle Saison at the Théâtre de Coulommiers, renowned for its acoustic properties, has entrusted a commission to Thomas Enhco for a sextet for piano and woodwind quintet (the young Quintette Asian). This will mark the return to the stage of the young and immensely gifted jazzman and composer, his premieres gathering an increasingly numerous public. As a preview, he gives us this inspiring introduction: "After 2020 which has turned the world upside down entire and silenced concert halls, I face my piano and blank sheets of music paper, and I feel that the act of composing is not the same as usual. Firstly, calm prevails. Is this because I spent most of the year far from cities, stations, airports and the hustle, closer to nature and the ocean, and most often on my own? In any case, I want long and pure melodic lines, warm harmonies and a slow, ample and collected rhythm. 

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to write for wind quintet and piano! The timbres of the woodwinds always remind me of nature at its most colourful and fragrant, and the piano is the instrument with which I express myself better than with words. In this work, which I see as a dialogue between these two entities, I imagine a series of paintings alternating between sets created by the winds in which the piano is a wandering character (while improvising), and sets painted by the piano, in which the woodwinds are invited individually to sing and dance." Come one and all to discover the fabulous Belle Saison on 21 January! 

Unless you decide that same evening to go instead to the Paris Philharmonie, where the Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Léo Warynski, will premiere Le Rite de la nuit noire by François Meïmoun,, a world premiere inspired by Antonin Artaud (a "classic" in the composer’s repertoire) and his trip to Mexico - a unique opportunity to meet the knowledgeable François Meïmoun and to question him about his work and more: the interview can be viewed below.

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



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

Agenda :

Maurice Ravel Sonate pour violon (orchestration bt Yan Maresz)
6 January 2021 - Cancelled

Auditorium de Lyon
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Marko Letonja, conductor

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Francis Poulenc - La Voix humaine
6 et 7 January 2021 - Concert without audience broadcast live on France Musique on 30 January

Maison de la radio (Studio 104) - Paris
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Barbara Hanningan, 
soprano and conductor
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Christian Rivet - Brisé d’arêtes et bord du vent Concert without audience broadcast live on Facebook
Création mondiale : 19 January 2021
Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix-en-Provence
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Célimène Daudet, piano
Nicolas Chalvin, conductor

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Philippe Manoury - Trauermärsche - Concert of 19 January 2021 broadcast on Radio Classique on 6 February 2021
19 au 24 january 2021
Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers
Scène de Beauséjour - Châtelaillon
Auditorium de Bordeaux
Théâtre de La Coupe d'Or - Rochefort
Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle Aquitaine
Jean-François Heisser, conductor
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Philippe Manoury - Partita I - Concert broadcast on Philharmonie Live and Mezzo
20 January 2021
Le Studio - Philharmonie de Paris

Carole Dauphin-Roth, viola
electronic device
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Thomas Enhco - Nouvelle œuvre - Postponed
Création mondiale : 21 January 2021
Pour piano et quintette à vent
Théâtre de Coulommiers
Quintette Aslan
Thomas Enhco, piano
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François Meïmoun - Le Rite de la nuit noire (Voyage d’Artaud au Mexique) - Concert broadcast on Philharmonie Live and Mezzo 
Création mondiale : 21 January 2021
Pour ensemble
Philharmonie de Paris - Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique
Ensemble intercontemporain
Léo Warynski, conductor

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Oscar Bianchi - Exordium - Cancelled
National premiere: 23 January 2021
for orchestra
Casa da Musica - Porto
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
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Pascal Dusapin - Momo - Concert without audience broadcast on France Musique
30 January 2021

Spectacle jeune public 
Maison de la radio (Studio 104) - Paris
Musiciens de l'Orchestre national de France 
Emma le clown, speaker
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Georges Aperghis - Future memories 
World premiere: 30 January 2021
for mixted choir
Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam)
SWR Vokalensemble
Bas Wiegers, conductor
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Digital broadcast :


Pascal Dusapin - In Nomine Lucis (work commissioned by La Présidence de la République Française)
Work for chamber choir and electroacoustic device with 70 speakers
Chœur Accentus
Thierry Coduys, electroacoustic device
Florence Darel et Wavier Gallais, comedians
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Miniatures for the Ensemble Modern 40th anniversary
Georges Aperghis - Winterfeste 
Pascal Dusapin -  Gemeinsam 
Philippe Manoury -  Erinerrungen 
Ensemble Modern
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor
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Pascal Dusapin - Penthesilea (conert version)
Orchestre de Paris
Chœur de chambre Accentus
Georg Nigl, Achilles
Christel Loetzsch, Penthesilea
Marisol Montalvo, Prothoe
Davone Tynes, Odyssus
Noa Frenkel, Oberpriesterin
Thierry Coduys, electroacoustic device
Richard Wilbeforce, choir conductor
Ariane Matiakh, conductor

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Concert of the Académie de l'Opéra de Paris for the 75 anniversary of Georges Aperghis
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Éric Montalbetti - Fenêtres simultanées sur la ville 
Création mondiale : 22 novembre 2020
Auditorium du Perrier, Annemasse
Lemanic Modern Ensemble
Pierre Bleuse, conductor
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Darius Milhaud - La Création du Monde / Le Bœuf sur le toit
Erik Satie - Gnossienne n°3 / Gymnopédie n°1 (arrangements by Davis Walter)
Reynaldo Hahn - Divertissement pour une fête de nuit (extraits I, II & IV)

Orchestre National de Lille
Karen Kamensek, conductor