Friday, June 22, 2012

Paris-June 2012

Paris map--by landmarks and arrondissments

Mary in Paris...at the Hotel La Trémoille

Scenes from the beautiful Hotel La Trémoille

I M Pei Pyramid entrance to the Louvre

Sacré Coeur...My favorite monument in Paris 

Notre Dame Cathedral

Arc de Triomphe

Tour Eiffel--from the intersection of Av George V and Av Montaigne  after a performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

 Scene from Pret-à-Manger on rue Marbeuf...busy all day, but packed from 12:00 noon to 2:00...I had the BEST and LARGEST latte that I have ever had at this popular take-out-or-in plus complimentary wireless.

 Toyota showroom on the Champs-Elysées

Typical street and parking practices in the 8 ème arrondissement

The glass ceiling of the Grand Palais--It is most stunning on days when the blue sky highlights the intricacies of the glass structure.

Louvre's Napoleon Courtyard at night


 Salle Pleyel---Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Orchestra Mozart Bologna 
Claudio Abbado, direction (conductor)
Radu Lupu, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Egmont, ouverture en
fa (F) mineur op.54 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Concerto pour piano en la (A) mineur op.54   

After intermission 

Robert Schumann
Symphonie n. 2 en ut (C) majeur op.61 

Maestro Abbado gestures to the orchestra to stand to acknowledge the enthusiastic and sustained audience applause.  Notice that there is elevated seating behind the orchestra.  It was a sold-out performance.

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées--June 7

Orchestre National de France
Sir Colin Davis, direction
Emanuel Ax, piano

Concerto pour piano et orchestre n. 5 en mi bémol (E flat) majeur op. 73 <L'Empereur>

 Sir Colin Davis, Emanuel Ax and the orchestra stand to acknowledge the enthusiasm of the audience.

After intermission 

Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)
Symphonie en ré (D) mineur op. 70

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées--June 9

Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio Bavaroise
Esa-Pekka Salonen, direction
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) 
Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, poème symphonique op. 30 

After intermission

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Concerto pour piano et orchestre n. 2 en si bémol (B flat) majeur op. 83

After numerous  curtain calls Yefim Bronfman  returned again to play an encore for us to the delight of the audience.

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées--June 11 

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, direction
Truls Mork, violoncelle (cello)

Leos Janâcek (1854-1928)
La Petite renarde rusée (the little clever fox), suite d'orchestre

Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)
Concerto pour violoncelle (cello) et orchestre n. 2 en si (B) mineur op.104

 Truls Mork

Jurowski, Mork and the orchestra 

After intermission

Anton Bruckner (1841-1904)
Symphonie n. en ut (C) mineur , version de1866


Scenes from the Théâtre Champs Elysées  
on performance nights


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