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In February, the Paris Philharmonic will host three days of music dedicated to Portugal, at the opening of the Portugal-France 2022 Season Crusade.
The weekend dedicated to “Portuguese music of yesterday and today” begins on February 11, with the Orquestra da Picardy, under the direction of Michaël Cousteau, with Bruno Belthoise on piano and soprano Raquel Camarinha, performing a program composed by works by Fernando Lopes-Graça, Anne Victorino D’Almeida, Benjamin Attahir, and Maurice Ravel.
The Piano Concerto op. 78, by Anne Victorino D’Almeida, and “O Pescador ea Lua”, by Attahir, are world premieres, and a conversation with the French composer is also scheduled on the same day.
Also on February 11, there will be a fado salon in the amphitheater of the City of Music in Paris, with Ana Pinhal, on voice, Wallace Oliveira, on Portuguese guitar, and Rui Marques, on guitar.
The following day, the Ensemble Divino Sospiro, directed by Massimo Mazzeo, with the soprano Ana Vieira Leite, will listen to works by Francisco António de Almeida, Carlos Seixas, Pedro António Avondano and Domenico Scarlatti, in a concert entitled “O Portugal Barroco Cosmopolita“.
On the same day, under the theme of “O Mar“, pianist Maria João Pires joins the Gulbenkian Orchestra, under the direction of Tatsuya Shimono, for the opening concert of the Portugal-França 2022 Cruzada Season.
The program will be composed of “Dois Retratos Imaginários“, by Pedro Amaral, the Concerto for piano n.º 2, by Chopin, as well as “O Mar“, by Debussy.
On February 13, the Philharmonic of Paris welcomes the Portuguese pianist again, now in trio with Augustin Dumay, on violin, and Jian Wang, on cello, to revisit the repertoire that has united them since the 1990s, such as the Sonata for cello and piano no. 1 op. 38, by Johannes Brahms, and Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10, by Beethoven, who will also play the Trio for Piano and Strings No. 5, “Les Esprits“.
On the same day and at the same time, perform the fado singer Carminho, accompanied by André Dias on Portuguese guitar, Flávio Cardoso, on acoustic guitar, and Tiago Maia, on acoustic bass, followed by Camané, with José Manuel Neto, on Portuguese guitar. Carlos Manuel Proença, on acoustic guitar, and Paulo Paz, on double bass.