François-Xavier Roth on Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

Friday, February 25, 2022

The French conductor discusses one of the most magical and game-changing operas of all time

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande was recorded for Harmonia Mundi, following performances directed by Daniel Jeanneteau at the Opéra de Lille last March. François-Xavier Roth conducted his period-instrument ensemble, Les Siècles, with Julien Behr and Vannina Santoni singing the title-roles. James Jolly caught up with the conductor by Zoom a few weeks ago to talk about the opera.

The recording will be released on March 4, but two excerpts have been pre-released (see below).

Gramophone podcasts are given in association with Wigmore Hall which is halfway through the 2021-22 season and during the week starting on Monday. February 28, will be playing host to the Sir András Schiff Haydn Festival. For more information see below.

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Wigmore Hall concerts (for the week starting February 28)

Monday February 28, 1pm
Dorothee Mields sop
Tobias Koch fp
CPE Bach Phyllis Wq202/C/2; Lied Wq202/L/1; Bevelise und Lysidor: Der Phönix Wq200/7; Mittel, freudlich zu werden Wq200/16; An die Liebe Wq202/C/3; Die Küsse Wq199/4; Die Schlummernde Wq202/G/1; Trinklied Wq200/13; Fantasia in C Wq61/6; Der Weg des Frommen Wq194/35; Das natürliche Verderben des Menschen Wq194/33; Über die Finsternis kurz vor dem Tode Jesu Wq197/29; Der Schutz der Kirche Wq194/12; Prüfung am Abend Wq194/7; Rondo in A minor Wq56/5; Sonata in F minor Wq63/6; Fantasia - Monolog des Sokrates (arranged by Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg); Fantasia in F Wq59/5;
Die Grazien Wq200/22

Monday February 28, 7.30pm  
Sir András Schiff pf  
Louise Alder sop             
Quatuor Mosaïques (Erich Höbarth, Andrea Bischof vn; Anita Mitterer va; Christophe Coin vc)
Haydn String Quartet in E flat Op 20 No 1; English Canzonettas (set I); Piano Trio in G HXV/25; Piano Sonata in E minor HXVI/34; String Quartet in G Op 76 No 1

Tuesday March 1, 1pm
Theo Plath bn      
Aris Alexander Blettenberg pf          
Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata in G Op 168. Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor (trans by Theo Plath for bassoon and piano). Roger Hanschel Layers of perception. Boutry Interférences I

Tuesday March 1, 7.30pm (streamed at 8pm)   
Sir András Schiff pf               
Quatuor Mosaïques
Haydn String Quartet in C, Op 20 No 2; Piano Trio in A flat, HXV/14; Haydn Piano Sonata in G, HXVI/40; String Quartet in D minor, Op 76 No 2, 'Fifths' 
  
Wednesday March 2, 7.30pm    
Sir András Schiff pf               
Quatuor Mosaïques
Haydn String Quartet in G minor, Op 20 No 3; Piano Trio in E, HXV/28; Piano Sonata in C minor, HXVI/20; String Quartet in C, Op 76 No 3 'The Emperor'
 
Thursday March 3, 7.30pm
Sir András Schiff pf               
Kieran Carrel ten      
Quatuor Mosaïques      
Haydn String Quartet in D, Op 20 No 4; English Canzonettas (Set II); Piano Trio in F sharp minor, HXV/26; Piano Sonata in G minor, HXVI/44; String Quartet in B flat, Op 76 No 4 'Sunrise'
 
Friday March 4, 7.30pm               
Sir András Schiff pf               
Quatuor Mosaïques
Haydn String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No 5; Piano Trio in C, HXV/27; Piano Sonata in D,HXVI/37; String Quartet in D, Op 76 No 5

Saturday March 5, 7.30pm
Sir András Schiff pf               
Quatuor Mosaïques
Haydn String Quartet in A, Op 20 No 6; Piano Trio in E flat minor, HXV/31; Piano Sonata in C, HXVI/48; String Quartet in E flat, Op 76 No 6 

 

 

 

 

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