Dans le cadre de la présidence française du Conseil de l’Union Européenne, un concert symphonique fut donné, le 26 février 2022, à la Philharmonie de Paris. Un évènement programmé de longue date qui aujourd’hui semble receler une tournure prémonitoire intrinsèque. Ce concert est une arme bien faible contre la folie de la guerre.

Hier à la Philharmonie, l’Orchestre Démos Europe ODE était constitué de 120 jeunes musiciens (de 12 à 16 ans) issus des 27 pays qui constituent l’Union Européenne. Auxquels se sont joints des chanteurs, eux aussi issus de tous les milieux sociaux. Le but est de porter la musique partout et l’accès de la culture à tous. Comme disait Michele: “Music Makes The People Come Together“.

Le programme des œuvres présentées était:

  • Modeste Moussorgski / Maurice Ravel – Tableaux d’une exposition (Promenade, Le vieux château, Bydlo, La grande porte de Kiev)
  • Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt (Dans l’antre du roi de la montagne, La danse arabe)
  • Carlos Garcia – Sur des airs traditionnels tsiganes : Ritmos Ciganos
  • Alexandros Markeas – Freedom, She Yells ! (création)
  • Ludwig von Beethoven – Symphonie No.9, l’Ode à la Joie

De quoi nous replonger dans un rêve idéaliste désormais perdu, à cause de l’actualité tragique. Ici, la diffusion est assurée par la chaîne ARTE, le concert fut dédié au peuple ukrainien.



Pharmacien de campagne.


Michele Marsh · February 28, 2022 at 1:50 am

Bravo to the concert and it’s singers and some sliver if hope can go a long way. The scenes in Kyev of devastation are heartbreaking. Thank you for this post Squirrel especially now. Sending hugs to you wise owl ❤️

    radaghast · March 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    “L’Ode à la Joie” de Beethoven est l’hymne européen. Le chanter actuellement est un acte politique, un grand symbole.

Serv · March 1, 2022 at 4:34 am

Nice of them to include the Russian work in the program. I saw today that the Metropolitan Opera in NYC is now going to stop working with pro-Russian artists. While I understand the impulse, I find this an ethically shaky strategy.

    radaghast · March 1, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Dans le milieu artistique (musique, danse, théâtre…), des responsables démissionnent de leur poste de responsabilité, en Russie. Quel courage!

Serv · March 3, 2022 at 2:24 am

*That*, I find truly admirable. I read an article today arguing for the significance of a Western boycott of Russian culture / cultural institutions as something that particular bothers Putin. I’m still on the fence about it.

Serv · March 3, 2022 at 6:46 pm

Netrebko is making her Met Opera debut in Turandot in April (and I have a ticket for the Met Live in HD transmission in May). Normally I wouldn’t go to see Turandot, and I have seen this production already, but I was looking forward to her.

***Breaking News***: the Met announced that it canceled her appearance 40 minutes ago. This makes it likely that she will never appear there. (So I wonder who they will engage or if they will cancel the show. It could potentially be interesting as their casting has gotten more creative since 2020).


That article makes it sound like she wasn’t backing off.

The other case everyone seems to be discussing is Valery Gergiev (sp?).

I am still thinking about this. It’s not an issue I follow much (which artists have which opinions, unless they are open anti-Semites or racists, which I care about) but it’s perilously close to telling someone they can’t work unless they have a particular political opinion. And I mean, if we know that she was an ardent supporter, wouldn’t it be obvious that she was lying just to work?

I also wonder if we want to be in situation as in Israel until fairly recently, that Wagner simply was never performed there.

I get why the Met is doing this, though; they are heavily dependent on donor support and this is the sort of thing that their donors will really care about.

And of course, you don’t want to pay a huge amount for a ticket and then spend the whole time thinking about the artist’s politics.

I just don’t know (yet).

    radaghast · March 7, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Elle met sa carrière en pause pour un certain temps, tous ses engagements sont annulés aux US et en Europe.
    J’aurais aimé que vous la voyiez sur scène, moi qui ne l’ai entendue que sur ARTE.

Serv · March 21, 2022 at 2:50 am

Apparently she said at one point that she wished she could have sex with him or have his child or something. She’s a real fangirl.

I would only see it via live videolink (Met Live in HD, which goes out all over the world). I’ve never seen an opera at the Met, although I have gone to several classical concerts over the years in NYC.

    radaghast · March 21, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Sachant ses opinions, j’ai des difficultés à terminer l’article sur Mac Beth à la Scala…

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