Orchestre de Paris resumes tonight with Valse triste

They are playing in Brussels and say they did not consider cancelling for a moment after the Paris events.

After a minute’s silence, outgoing chief conductor Paavo Järvi has chosen Sibelius’ Valse triste as the most appropriate overture.

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  • In this one particular circumstance I think that it is appropriate that a camera/phone is produced during the performance. Distribution of the resultant video helps spread the solidarity and tribute.

    • Use your imagination. Valse triste is well known, so are the circumstances of the performance. No need for a picture of everything, or are this the results of a generation grown up with porn? No brain trained to be imaginative anymore?

    • If the result of this atrocity is the suspension of intellectual-property rights and of the civility not to disturb fellow-patrons with gadgetry, then the terrorists have won. We need to get rid of this mentality that everything must be disseminated widely at all costs — it is more important that everyone should be able to hear the “encore in memoriam” undistracted. In the aftermath of the death of Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen prepended a programme at the RFH with an extract from Sibelius’s Pelleas and Melisande as an “encore in memoriam”, and my experience of what should have been a sad, contemplative moment was absolutely ruined by someone’s smartphone beeping a few seats away.

      So please, do not incite people to ruin the concert atmosphere for others and violate the intellectual-property rights of the Sibelius estate and of the orchestra. It is bad enough without such incitement happening on these widely read fora.

      • Grammatical correction to penultimate sentence: for the avoidance of ambiguity, insert “to” before “violate the intellectual-property rights […]”; thus, the sentence reads:

        So please, do not incite people to ruin the concert atmosphere for others and to violate the intellectual-property rights of the Sibelius estate and of the orchestra.

  • During Paavo’s ten year tenure in Cincinnati, he was not reluctant to play the Sibelius as an encore on more than one occasion. If ever there were musical transcendent experiences, these performances contributed to that exhaltation.

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