Frédéric Chaslin concert 2020

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Frédéric Chaslin conducts Berlioz and Ravel
at La Fenice theater in Venice
Frédéric Chaslin

Frédéric Chaslin conducts “Symphonie fantastique” by Hector Berlioz and “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel at La Fenice Theatre.

Created in 1830, “Symphonie fantastique” by Hector Berlioz presents a new concept of symphonic form. It is the first great program symphony of the nineteenth century, i.e. based on an extramusical program. It touches on typically romantic literary themes: conflict of feelings, dream, nature, diabolical element. It attempts to construct a theatrical representation with the musical language and instruments of the orchestra. This intention leads to numerous musical innovations. The use of a fixed idea, “idée fixe” as Berlioz called it, symbolizing the beloved woman who appears varied throughout the symphony, and orchestral composition, full of new sounds.

“Boléro” is a composition by Maurice Ravel of 1928. Born as a ballet music, it became famous as a concert piece. It is certainly the most famous bolero ever composed, as well as the most popular work of the composer. The peculiarity of the Boléro, in fact, is its extreme essentiality: its entire duration is occupied by only two themes, hypnotically repeated over an obsessive and primitive rhythmic base. The central aspect of the work is the orchestration of the individual instruments, which repetition after repetition are added, removed, and changed register, always and only by playing the two melodies and the rhythmic base.

Conductor, composer, pianist and writer, Frédéric Chaslin was born in Paris where he studied at the conservatory. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He began his career as conductor as assistant conductor to Daniel Barenboim in Paris and Bayreuth. In 1991 he was assistant to Pierre Boulez in the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. In the following years he was appointed Music Director at the Opera of Rouen (1991-94), at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1998-2001), at the Nationaltheater of Mannheim (2004-2007), at the Opera of Santa Fe (2009- 2013) and for the second time at the Jerusalem Symphony (from 2011 to date). Active both in opera and symphony, Frédéric Chaslin has conducted in the most prestigious theaters of the international opera scene: Metropolitan in New York, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as well as in Leipzig, Dresden, Madrid, Bologna, Rome, Venice, Turin, Tokyo, Oslo, Copenhagen. In the symphonic field, in addition to conducting the major French orchestras (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra National, RadioFrance Philharmonic, Paris Opera Orchestra), he has collaborated with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra Rai of Turin, the London Synphony and the London Philharmonic, the Manchester Hallé, the Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic, The Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Gulbenkian, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic.

Location: La Fenice theater, Venice

Schedule: December 5 – 6, 2020 – SUSPENDED

Hour: Sat 8 pm – Sun 5 pm

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