Throughout its history, the Castell de Peralada Festival has enjoyed countless nights where symphony music has shined its own special bright light. The list of the conductors and orchestras that have performed at this annual event is as long as it is surprising. This year, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and its prestigious conductor, Tugan Sokhiev, will be debuting at the Festival. As the conductor and orchestra director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Sokhiev is one of the most coveted batons in the international opera theatre and orchestra world. His arrival ten years ago to the post of conductor of the French orchestra for the symphony season at the historic Halle aux Grains and for the opera and dance season at the Théâtre du Capitole would lead to this orchestra’s return by invitation to countless festivals of renowned international prestige.
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DU CAPITOLE DE TOULOUSE
Tugan SOKHIEV, conductor
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /Suite by T. Sokhiev
Modest MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition (with orchestration by Maurice Ravel)
"The introduction bears the name 'Promenade'.
I- The Gnome. A sketch showing a little gnome approaching, clumsily running on his short crooked legs.
II- The Old Castle. A medieval castle before which (sic) a troubadour sings his song.
III- Tuileries. Children's Quarrel after Games (sic). An avenue in the garden of the Tuileries, with a swarm of children and nurses.
IV- Cattle. A Polish cart on enormous wheels, drawn by oxen
V- Ballet of Unhatched Chicks. Hartmann's design for the theatre performance of a scene from the ballet Trilby.
VI- Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle. Two young Polish Jews, one rich and the other poor.
VII- Limoges. The market. Women quarrelling violently in Limoges market.
VIII- Catacombs. In this sketch, Hartmann shows himself examining the interior of the Paris catacombs by the dim light of a lantern. [In the original manuscript, Mussorgsky had written, about the Andante in H minor (B minor): "The creative spirit of the dead Hartmann leads me towards the skulls, invokes them, the skulls begin to glow softly inside."]
IX- The Hut on Hen's Legs. Hartmann's sketch depicted a hut in the shape of a clock, where Baba Yaga the witch lived. The chicken's legs are used to attract anyone who approaches it (such as lost children). Mussorgsky added the witch's flight as she walks carrying a stone mortar in which to grind children's bones.
X- Kiev's Bogatyr Gates. Hartmann's sketch shows his building project for an entrance gate to the city of Kiev, in the ancient Russian massive style, with a cupola shaped like a Slavonic helmet." (in-Moussorgsky/ MD Calvocoressi. Felix Alcan ed., Paris 1908).