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In March, the musicians of Les Dissonances and David Grimal met for two concerts based on the romantic composers Dvorak and Brahms. Together they played at the Cité de la Musique on March 8th and at the Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre, on March 15th.


Program presentation:

For these two concerts, David Grimal and the Dissonances propose three works by two major romantic composers of the second half of the 19th century.

The work that opens these concerts is also the one that begins the opera of the same name composed by Dvořák in 1875. "Vanda" refers to the eponymous princess who according to Polish legend ruled Krakow.

Dvořák's violin concerto was written in 1879 for Joseph Joachim. This is the same violinist for whom Brahms had also dedicated a concerto at the same time. Although Joachim never played the piece, the work remains popular with instrumentalists, conductors and audiences today.

The orchestra is familiar with Brahms, having performed the German composer's complete symphonies between 2013 and 2015. The Third Symphony composed in 1883 was recognised and much appreciated by its contemporaries, "its Nordic flamboyance and ballad-like atmosphere [...] ends with a finale animated by a sense of urgency that nonetheless closes in sweetness" (Philharmonie de Paris, 2022).

Dvořák, 'Vanda' Overture, Op. 25
Dvořák, Violin Concerto op. 53
David Grimal, soloist
Brahms, Symphony No.3

Tuesday 8 March - Cité de la Musique, Paris
Tuesday 15 March - Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre


March 8th 2022, Cité de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris

After three days of rehearsals, this tour opened at the Cité de la Musique in front of a room full of spectators delighted to see the orchestra again.

As an encore, David Grimal played the first movement of Bach's Sonata No.2 in A minor.

Two beautiful reviews celebrated this concert, to be found here:

Concert Classic - "David Grimal et Les Dissonances à la Cité de la Musique - Explosion vitaminée - report" 8 March 2022 cutt.ly/BSD9y38

Toute la Culture - "Dvorak and Brahms meet at the Cité de la Musique with David Grimal and Les Dissonances" 10 March 2022 cutt.ly/NSD3URs

March 15th 2022, Le Volcan - Scène Nationale du Havre

A week later, it was on the stage of Le Volcan in Le Havre that Les Dissonances performed the program with emotion. David Grimal improvised on his violin in an encore, provoking amusement, and astonishment in the audience.

It is under the enthusiastic applause of a filled room that the tour ends.