Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier -

Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier - "Terra Nostra"

Premiere at the Berlin Philharmonic on 17 October of Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier's Piano Concerto by the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester, conducted by Kent Nagano with Mari Kodama.

It is no longer necessary to introduce the sensitive and serene voice of musicologist and journalist Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier to French speakers, who know him for his famous radio show on France Musique; but are we familiar with the passionate voice of the composer? For his first piano concerto, he will present Terra Nostra to the public of the Berlin Philharmonic, a work which "echoes the eponymous novel by Carlos Fuentes, whose ambition is to tell the story of the conquests and the decline of the Iberian Peninsula". The composer explains more about his inspirations and his intentions:

"A grand tale with mythological, historical, fantastic and philosophical aspects, at the crossroads of genres through the stratification of different eras, the work was a source of formal inspiration for me since my music tries to superimpose fashions, times, atmospheres and songs.

The concerto also possesses a spiritual dimension. First because my mother died while I was composing the third and last movement (Requiem), but also because the notion of "Earth", which raises environmental and climatic concerns, is today at the forefront of our thoughts, of our actions and therefore of our creation. Finally, because the sounds of bells, the ringing of the angelus or the knell, are present throughout the score, and also because the trumpets, when they appear in the second movement, when they play standing up in the third, become the instruments of the Annunciation. Warning, hope or a memory of distant times, perhaps these are the trumpets of the angels in Revelation: “The fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth.""

For its world premiere in front of the Berlin public, connoisseurs without a doubt, and performed by the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester, one of the flagship ensembles of the capital, the work is dedicated to the pianist Mari Kodama. Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier adds in this regard that "the concertante part refers to the musician's playing, powerful and subtle, with lower registers that sound like gongs, all carried by a permanent rhythmic energy".

Terra Nostra: a creative event to be discovered on 17 October, conducted by Kent Nagano, a great connaisseur of the music of Ockeghem, whom "the orchestral part cites on several occasions".

Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier - Terra Nostra 
Concerto for piano
World premiere: October 17, 2021
Berliner Philharmonie
Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester
Mari Kodama, piano
Kent Nagano, conductor
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