The idea of holding concerts in the Courtyard of the Royal Palace dates from 1959. It echoes an age-old tradition of the Grimaldi family, protectors of the arts in general and music in particular. Dates: 18, 21, 25, 28 July & 4, 8 August 2013.
As pointed out in an article in the newspaper “Aux Ecoutes” dated 14 August 1959: “Rainier is relaunching and revamping a tradition: in the 18th century and up until the return from the Island of Elba, the Princes of Monaco “gave music” to their good people in the Palace Courtyard. Resuming this tradition, Prince Rainier III has had the gates to the Palace Courtyard opened”.
The summer concerts have enhanced the reputation of the Monte-Carlo National Orchestra: critics rate it among the leading symphonic formations in Europe.
Today, the Monte-Carlo National Orchestra is embarking on a new career. Thanks to the liberal and intelligent artistic magnanimity of the highest Monegasque instances, it has at its disposal the resources required by a big and dynamic symphonic formation. It is invited to international festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Orange and Menton, and past and future recordings will carry its name far and wide.
The 2013 summer concerts at the Prince’s Palace will be held on six dates in July and August.
Thursday 18 July – 9.30 pm
Simon Young, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello
Female Chorus of the Women’s Regional Choir of Provence Alpes Côte D’Azur
Edward Elgar – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Opus 85
Gustav Holst – The Planets, Suite for Orchestra, Opus 32
Sunday 21 July – 9.30 pm
Gianluigi Gelmetti, conductor
Philippe Bianconi, piano
Robert Schumann – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Opus 54
Antonín Dvoøák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95 “From the New World”
Thursday 25 July – 9.30 pm
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Miroslav Kultyshev, piano (winner of the 2012 Monte-Carlo Piano Masters)
Sergei Rachmaninov – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30
Sergei Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet, extracts: Suite No. 1, Opus 64a – Suite No. 2, Opus 64c
Sunday 28 July – 9.30 pm
Kazuki Yamada, conductor
Boris Berezovsky, piano
Tchaikovsky – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor, Opus 23
Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Opus 40
Sunday 4 August – 9.30 pm
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Karine Deshayes, mezzo soprano
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Opus 21; Nocturne and Scherzo, Opus 61
Hector Berlioz – Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights), Opus 7
Maurice Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
Thursday 8 August – 9.30 pm
Lionel Bringuier, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Jean Sibelius – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Opus 47
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor, opus 36
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