The Orchestre National de Lyon Triumphs in Berlin and BeyondRead more
November 9, 2018
The Orchestra National de Lyon’s concerts in Berlin and Leipzig were met with standing ovations from audiences and rave reviews from critics. Under the baton of Directeur Musical Honoraire Leonard Slatkin, the orchestra is touring Germany through November 13, performing in a total of six cities.
Orchestre National de Lyon Embarks on Tour of GermanyRead more
November 5, 2018
Led by Directeur Musical Honoraire Leonard Slatkin, the Orchestre National de Lyon is on tour in Germany, presenting six concerts over the course of nine days. The tour begins with a performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, marking the ensemble’s first time playing there, and ends with a concert in Munich.
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So much packed into one month: a return to Lyon, a German tour, a birthday celebration and an exotic holiday!
Although the ONL had opened its season several weeks earlier, I had the privilege of taking the orchestra on a six-concert tour of Germany. That followed a set of performances in the Auditorium as preparatory sessions for the trip. It was clear that we would perform the repertoire that would be played over the course of the tour.
With the title “National” in its name, there is an implication that the ONL will represent the country and its contributions to musical history. However, one thing that the French really never did was produce a wide body of works that are called symphonies. Of course, there are isolated exceptions, but overall, there are not that many big works in the tradition of Beethoven, Brahms, et al.