Orchestre de Paris / Christoph Eschenbach
- Monday, 8 September 2008
- Philharmonie, Main Hall
The Orchestre de Paris has existed for only 40 years, but it builds on a longer tradition. In 1967 it took the place of the orchestra of conservatory concerts, which made Beethoven popular in France. The new orchestra also considers it a vital task to raise a new and permanent public awareness for musical works.
Christoph Eschenbach, principle conductor since 2000, presents a programme constructed around the fascination with distant shores: visions of faith in Messiaen’s first orchestral work; fairy-tale magic in Ravel’s Mother Goose, and fascination with India in Zemlinsky’s symphony, adapted from texts by Rabindranath Tagore. The orchestra received a Grammy Award for the recording of the work with Christine Schäfer, Matthias Goerne und Christoph Eschenbach.
Olivier Messiaen [1908–1992]
Les offrandes oubliées 
Symphonic meditation for orchestra
Maurice Ravel [1875–1937]
Ma mère l’oye [1908–11]
Complete version of the ballet music
Alexander Zemlinsky [1871–1942]
Lyric Symphony op. 18 [1922/23]
in seven chants after poems by Rabindranath Tagore
for soprano, baritone and orchestra