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Salle Pleyel.

Berio II

The strategy used by Berio in his work Formazioni is to modify the hierarchy of the orchestra by physically moving the musicians, creating a new configuration on stage. In his work livre des illusions, Bruno Mantovani has modified the hierarchy of the orchestra by moving the musicians virtually, processing the sound in real-time with electronics. In 1913, Webern shattered the acoustic image of the orchestra by concentrating on the virgin power of timbre in an aphoristic form. The first meeting of IRCAM and the Orchestre de Paris transforms the sonorous order of the traditional formation.

This evening's premiere, the work by Bruno Mantovani, imagines parallels between the orchestral textures and those of the chemistry of taste of Ferran Adrià, the inventor of molecular cuisine. This orchestral composite in thirty-five movements with evocative titles (grapefruit risotto, escargot dip, beetroot meringues, polenta gnocchi) takes the formal stance in the broadest diversity.

Bruno MantovaniProgram

  • Anton Webern Five pieces, op. 10
  • Luciano Berio Formazioni
  • Introduction to Bruno Mantovani's work by the composer with musical illustrations
    Bruno Mantovani Le Livre des illusions (hommage à Ferran Adrià)
    Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Orchestre de Paris, World Premiere


Orchestre de Paris
Conducted by Jean Deroyer
IRCAM Computer Music Design Benoit Meudic

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Orchestre de Paris co-production.
Concert recorded by France Musique

Photo: Bruno Mantovani © Éditions Henry Lemoine / Ch. Daguet

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 8pm / Salle Pleyel