I always talk about how many concerts are broadcast any given day by the radio networks in Europe, and how many of them are live on-the-spot. Well, to prove that point, here is a concert that was recorded lived earlier today (8:00 pm Paris time - 11:00 am Los Angeles time) featuring Orchestre National de France led by podium superstar Daniele Gatti and featuring Antonio Meneses, cello in music by Faure`, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Ravel.
Both the orchestra and soloist are given rousing ovations and, as is customary, they play rousing encores.
Great concert all the way around, and to hear it live as-it's-happening is a bonus.
The concert is divided between two players and the intermission feature has been edited out (no interviews, just commercial recordings featuring Meneses) and the announcements have been edited down in order to take the concert down from its original three hours to a reasonable length.
Here's what's being played:
Part 1 - Gabriel Fauré
Pelléas et Mélisande, Musique de scène pour la pièce de Maeterlinck(1902)
Concerto N°1 en la mineur Op.33 (1869)
Part 2 - Claude Debussy
Daphnis et Chloé, Suite N°2 (1913)
Antonio Meneses, Violoncelle
Orchestre National de France
Daniele Gatti, Direction
Who says music is dead? Not around here.
Remember, it's Anti-Road Rage Wednesday so step away from the computer and turn the speakers up.