Tribute to

Claudio Abbado
4 → 14 July 2019

31st Colmar International Festival
 

Artistic director: Vladimir Spivakov

31st Colmar International Music Festival:
Homage to Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

An encyclopaedic mind and a musician open to each and every style, Claudio Abbado remains, five years after his death, a source of inspiration for all musicians.

He was characterised by the spirit of sharing from an early age: in Vienna, where he completed his training, he not only took orchestral conducting lessons but also took piano lessons, performed chamber music and participated as a chorister in numerous concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, gaining an inside view of orchestra conducting under the baton of the greatest names of the era: Krips, Walter, Karajan… In 1958, he won the Koussevitszky Competition, which opened a host of doors for him, including at La Scala, where he began his career in 1960. He won over Bernstein (who made him his assistant at the New York Orchestra in 1963) and then Karajan, who invited him to the Salzburg Festival....His next success was in 1968, when La Scala appointed him Head Conductor and then Musical Director. He was to stay at La Scala until 1986, during which time he revolutionised this temple of lyric art, opening its repertoire in all directions. When he left La Scala, it was to become Musical Director of the Vienna Opera! He was tireless at building bridges and founded several youth orchestras in order to promote intercultural exchanges and break down barriers (European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, etc.). To crown this already exceptional career, he took over the Berlin Philharmonic on the death of Karajan...

Vladimir Spivakov, artistic director, and Hubert Niess, Festival director, wanted to pay homage to this great musician, a man of culture with a huge heart, by scheduling works and artists dear to the Maestro: there will be Renaud Capuçon, his first solo violin at the Gustav Mahler Orchestra, Emmanuel Pahud, solo flute at the Berlin Philharmonic, and even Viktoria Mullova, his former spouse, who we are delighted to say will honour us with her presence, alongside their son, a jazz double bassist, for a recital.

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Monday, 08 July 21:00

Piano recital: Grigory Sokolov

Monday, 08 July 21:00

Grigory Sokolov

One of the sacred monsters of the piano today is also one of the most faithful pillars of the Colmar Festival. This year, Grigori Sokolov invites...
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Sunday, 07 July 18:15

Chamber music: Mozart & Beethoven

Sunday, 07 July 18:15

Renaud Capuçon
Kit Armstrong

Is there really any need to introduce Renaud Capuçon, one of the most dazzling violinists of his generation? For this concert dedicated to...
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Monday, 08 July 18:15

Chamber music: Brahms, Schubert, Webern

Monday, 08 July 18:15

Quatuor Strada

Pierre Fouchenneret, Sarah Nemtanu violins Lise Berthaud viola François Salque cello   Talent is not dependent on age – the...
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Thursday, 11 July 18:15

Chamber Music: Puccini, Verdi & Beethoven

Thursday, 11 July 18:15

Quatuor di Cremona

Cristiano Gualco, Paolo Andreoli violins Simone Gramaglia viola Giovanni Scaglione cello   The string quartet in one of its most...
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Friday, 12 July 18:15

Chamber Music: Beethoven, Scarlatti, Rota & Glinka

Friday, 12 July 18:15

Philippe Berrod
David Bismuth
Raphaël Pidoux

With three friends – a clarinettist, a cellist and a pianist – deciding to meet to use their instruments in a musical conversation, a...
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Saturday, 13 July 18:15

Vocal music concert: The Moscow Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"

Saturday, 13 July 18:15

The Moscow Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing"

Far from complete solemnity, the Large Academic Choir invites us to explore some of the most beautiful, and joyful, pieces in the spiritual...
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Friday, 05 July 12:30

Chamber music: Brahms & Beethoven

Friday, 05 July 12:30

Quatuor Akilone

Quatuor Akilone Emeline Conce, Elise De-Bendelac violins Tess Joly viola Lucie Mercat cello        The young Akilone...
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Saturday, 06 July 12:30

Chamber music: Beethoven & Brahms

Saturday, 06 July 12:30

Alexander Bedenko
Itamar Golan
Kyril Zlotnikov

Three young masters of chamber music meet to offer us two of the finest pieces from the great clarinet repertoire. Between the young Beethoven, all...
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Tuesday, 09 July 12:30

Chamber music concert: Ravel, Debussy & Prokofiev

Tuesday, 09 July 12:30

Alexandra Conunova
Michaël Lifits

The violinist Alexandra Conunova and her friend the pianist Michail Lifits – they have already frequently recorded and played together...
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Wednesday, 10 July 12:30

Chamber music concert: Bach, Schumann, jazz and world music

Wednesday, 10 July 12:30

Viktoria Mullova
Misha Mullov-Abbado

great violinist Viktoria Mullova, and their son the jazz double bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, pay a moving family homage to Claudio Abbado. A...
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Thursday, 11 July 12:30

Chambert music : Vocal music concert

Thursday, 11 July 12:30

Anna Aglatova
Evgenia Asanova
Zoya Abolits

From France to Russia via the Italian Peninsula and Wagnerian Germany, Anna Aglatova and Evgenia Asanova explore a melodic repertoire where they...
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Saturday, 13 July 12:30

Chamber music concert : Brahms, Chostakovitch & Babadjanian

Saturday, 13 July 12:30

Trio Cantor

With his Trio op. 8, Brahms renewed a lasting genre marked by Schubert and Beethoven. He was making his presence felt, at barely 23, by daring to...
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A PROPOS DU FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE COLMAR

Direction artistique : Vladimir Spivakov

Chaque année, le choix d’un thème porteur assure au Festival un concept pérenne. Ainsi l’hommage annuel rendu à un grand musicien devient le fil conducteur, permet d’aborder tous les répertoires et ouvre de nouveaux horizons : hommage à un instrument, à un pays, à une culture… Cette approche confère à l’ensemble de la programmation musicale une unité et une cohérence artistique qui lui permet d’accueillir les plus grands musiciens de la scène classique actuelle et un public fidèle.

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Président : Francis Hirn
Directeur : Hubert Niess

 

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