François-Xavier Roth (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Claude Debussy and Paul Dukas admired Richard Wagner’s music in their youth, which resulted in fascinating blends of French flavour and Wagnerian echoes in their early works. François­-Xavier Roth, general music director of the city of Cologne, demonstrates that in this concert with Debussy’s mystical cantata La Damoiselle élue and Dukas’s overture Polyeucte. In addition, we will also hear Dukas’s most popular symphonic poem, the vivid Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The soloist for the concert is Isabelle Faust, who will interpret Béla Bartók’s late Violin Concerto No. 2: a work rich with melodies, in which the violin seems to tell a story, sometimes tender, sometimes intense.

Berliner Philharmoniker

François-Xavier Roth conductor

Isabelle Faust violin

Julie Fuchs soprano

Adèle Charvet mezzo-soprano

Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin choir

Paul Dukas

Polyeucte: Overture

Béla Bartók

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112

Isabelle Faust violin

Claude Debussy

La Damoiselle élue

Julie Fuchs soprano , Adèle Charvet mezzo-soprano , Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin choir

Paul Dukas

L'Apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

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François-Xavier Roth (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Isabelle Faust (photo: Felix Broede)