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Semyon Bychkov: "My Parisian years were fundamental"


INTERVIEW - Twenty-three years after leaving the direction of the Orchester de Paris, the immense conductor returns to the formation from September 22 to 24 for three concerts. The opportunity to come back to this period and talk about Mahler.

It is in the soft light of an apartment in the Marais that the famous conductor, who presided over the destiny of the Orchester de Paris for ten years, receives us.

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The opportunity for the Russian conductor, naturalized American and married to the pianist Marielle Labèque, to discuss his upcoming reunion with the capital phalanx, at the Philharmonie de Paris: between depth and lightness, as generous and fascinating in life as he is. knows how to be on stage.


- You had not redirected the Orchester de Paris since your departure as musical director in 1998. What state of mind are you in?



Full of joy.

And curiosity.

As crazy as it sounds I haven't heard or seen it live since.

Many musicians of the time are no longer there.

Others, with whom I had made friendships, such as Pascal Moraguès or André Cazalet

(first solo clarinet and first solo horn, Editor's note)

, are still there.

Your mandate was not easy.

What memory do you have of it?

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Source: lefigaro

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