Martin Helmchen - Playing Schumann, and playing wonderfully.

Orchestre National de France With Andrés Orozco-Estrada And Martin Helmchen In Concert – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Martin Helmchen - Playing Schumann, and playing wonderfully.

Martin Helmchen – Playing Schumann, and playing wonderfully.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Orchestre National de France – Estrada – Helmchen – Part 1

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Orchestre National de France – Estrada – Helmchen – Part 2

Over to Paris this week for a concert at Le Champs-Elyseès by Orchestre National de France, guest Conducted  by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and featuring Pianist Martin Helmchen in music of Kodaly, Schumann and Rachmaninov. Orozco-Estrada, incidentally, has just been appointed Music Director of the Houston Symphony. So stay tuned.

The concert was recorded this past January 10th by the ever-amazing/always-incredible Radio France Musique.

Not so much meat-and-potatoes repertoire (although the Schmann Piano Concerto probably qualifies), as familiar works, not played all that much in concert halls.

Here’s what’s on the players:

Part 1:

1. Zoltan Kodaly

Danses de Galanta (1933)

2. Robert Schumann

Concerto pour piano et orchestre (1845)*

3. Robert Schumann (Encore)

Vogel als Prophet, Ext. des Scènes de la forêt 

Op.82 (1848, 1849)*

Part 2:

1. Serge Rachmaninov

Danses symphoniques (1940)

Martin Helmchen, Piano*

Orchestre National de France

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Direction

Concert donné le 10 janvier 2013.

Thoroughly enjoyable (at least from my standpoint), and right up there in the Anti-Road Rage Wednesday sweepstakes.

We made it through the middle of the week. Now relax.

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