Lefèvre Plays Ravel
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Alain Lefèvre, piano
RAVEL: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major
BERLIOZ: “Symphonie Fantastique”
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Obsession, unrequited love and…opium; when mixed properly, these ingredients leave you with Berlioz’s vivid and dream-like “Symphonie Fantastique.” Also featured is Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” a series of portraits dedicated to friends lost in World War I along with his jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major with the spectacular Lefèvre.
Hailed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “smashing” performer (The Washington Post), “a pianist who breaks the mold” and “musically arresting” (International Piano), and “who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica), this Warner Classics internationally acclaimed artist has performed in over forty countries in the world’s most prestigious venues. Music reviewer David Patrick Stearns in a feature article on the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin for The Inquirer wrote about a performance with Lefèvre as soloist: “Monitoring his unedited radio broadcasts, I’ve heard perhaps the single greatest performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.’’
From the beginning of his career, Lefèvre has included, commissioned and battled for the music of our time. Alexander Brott, Walter Boudreau, John Corigliano, François Dompierre, Pierre-Max Dubois, Henri Dutilleux, Alain Payette are but a few of the composers he has added to his core répertoire. Lefèvre has also championed the music of the forgotten genius, composer and pianist André Mathieu, called the “Canadian Mozart”. He was music director, composer and pianist for the 2010 motion picture “L’Enfant prodige,” a film based on André Mathieu’s life.