Max Richter Concert in the Auditorium

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq

Full

Prices
25 € / 40 €
Dates
Friday 24 November 2023
Wednesday 24 January 2024
Wednesday 20 March 2024
Place
Auditorium
Duration
2h
Hours
20h30

As part of his exceptional residency for the “Mark Rothko” exhibition, composer and pianist Max Richter takes over the Foundation for three original concerts.

At 8:30 p.m. on:

  • 24th november 2023
  • 24th january 2024
  • 20th March 2024 

The Fondation asked Max Richter to compose a singular piece, a worldwide premiere, intimately tied to the world of American painter Mark Rothko: “The point where my work and Mark Rothko’s work meet is this concept of place, which he believes he invents when he creates a series of paintings. A musical work is an imaginary landscape; it is a space that one can inhabit.(…).”

In addition to this commissioned work from Max Richter for orchestra, piano and electronics, two earlier Max Richter works will enhance the programme: Exiles (2015) and The Waves: Tuesday (2017).

At the same time, Max Richter will be offering a musical experience directly in the galleries. For more information and to book, click here.

Grace Davidson will be replaced by Imogen Russell on January 24.

This concert will be on replay on FLV Play, Radio Classique and medici.tv.

The programme

Max Richter
The Waves : Tuesday (2017)
Max Richter
Unity Fields I (2023)
Max Richter
Exiles (2015)

The artists

Max Richter

Max Richter stands as one of the most prodigious figures on the contemporary music scene, with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer, and collaborator. From synthesizers and computers to a full symphony orchestra, Richter’s innovative work encompasses solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television series, video art installations and theater works. He is classically trained, studying at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and completing his studies with composer Luciano Berio in Florence. “Memoryhouse”, Richter’s 2002 debut, has been described by The Independent, and Pitchfork Magazine as a “landmark”, while his 2004 album “The Blue Notebooks'' was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best Classical works of the century. “SLEEP”, his eight- and-a-half-hour concert work, has been broadcast and performed worldwide, including at the Sydney Opera House, Berlin’s Kraftwerk, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie de Paris, and at the Barbican, London. In 2012 Richter ‘Recomposed’ the infamous Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, winning him the prestigious ECHO Classic Award, and an established place in the classical charts. In recent years Richter’s music has become a mainstay for many of the world’s leading ballet companies, including The Mariinski Ballet, La Scala Milan, The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Semper Oper, and NDT, while his collaborations with Wayne McGregor for The Royal Ballet have been widely acclaimed. His most recent collaboration was with Margaret Atwood and Wayne McGregor, based on Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy of novels, premiering in Toronto in September 2022

Richter has written prolifically for film and television, with recent projects including Hostiles, Black Mirror, Taboo – which earned him an Emmy nomination, HBO series The Leftovers and My Brilliant Friend and most recently White Boy Rick, Mary Queen of Scots and the sci-fi drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt. His music is also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir and in the Oscar-winning Arrival by Denis Villeneuve. Most recently, Richter’s cinematic track ‘In The Nature of Daylight’ was featured in HBO series The Last of Us resurfacing the track to the top of the Spotify charts. He has worked on sci-fi drama Spaceman, directed by Johan Renck, due for release 2023. A frequent collaborator in fashion, Max has worked with the creative director of Dior Homme, Kim Jones, for three seasons having produced music or performed at the brand’s runway shows. Most notably a mesmerizing performance against the backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo for the Fall 2023 show. Richter’s recorded project, The New Four Seasons, was released in 2022 marking ten years of his Vivaldi Recomposed project, re-recording the piece with period instruments. For his most recent release SLEEP: Tranquility Base, Richter returned to his celebrated eight-hour magnum opus SLEEP offering a glimpse into the original material from a more electronic standpoint ahead of World Sleep Day March 2023. Richter is currently working on new music.

Matthew Lynch

Direction

British/German conductor, Matthew Lynch, enjoys a varied career in both Germany and the UK, working with orchestras such as the Saxon Wind Philharmonic, the Chineke! Orchestras, and the Ulster Orchestra. In addition to symphonic repertoire, he is a regular conductor of opera, and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of La Bohème, Rusalka, and Don Giovanni in Dresden, and Treemonisha at London’s Grimeborn Festival. This season sees him make several high profile debuts, including the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House. He will also be returning to the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig with the Saxon Wind Philharmonic and returning to Belfast to work with the Ulster Orchestra.

Matthew Lynch studied at Oxford University and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden and continued his studies with Neil Thomson in Paris. He has also attended masterclasses with many renowned conductors, including Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Sian Edwards, Jorma Panula, and Jac van Steen. This summer he has been invited to work with Robert Spano as a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Festival.

Grace Davidson

Soprano

Grace Davidson is a British soprano who specialises first and foremost in the performance and recording of Baroque music.

Her discography includes a decade of recordings with The Sixteen, many of which feature her as soloist – Handel’s Jeptha (as Angel), Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Pianto della Madonna, Acis and Galatea (as Galatea) and the Lutheran Masses of Bach. On Radio Three’s ‘Building a Library’, her singing in Fauré’s Requiem (with the London Symphony Orchestra and Tenebrae, Nigel Short conducting) was reviewed by Richard Morrison quite simply: “Grace Davidson’s Pie Jesu is matchless”.

Grace’s purity of tone has attracted many of the leading contemporary composers to write for her, most notably Max Richter, who chose her as the solo singer for many of his works, such as Sleep. This piece – lasting all night – has now been performed all over the world, including a performance in 2019 on the Great Wall of China

Grace grew up in a house whose hallway was entirely filled by a grand piano which was being stored for a friend of the family – music was physically unavoidable. She learned the piano and the violin but it was singing that she loved best. Taken to ‘Cats’ when she was three years old she sang along throughout or, rather, whenever her mother’s hand wasn’t clamped over her mouth. And it was her singing that won her a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Early Music prize and gained her degree and postgraduate. In 2016 Grace was appointed an Associate of The Royal Academy Of Music.Since then she has worked as a soloist with leading Baroque ensembles, under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardner, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe and Harry Christophers.

Imogen Russell

Imogen Russell is a soprano based in Oxford, UK. She has worked with numerous professional ensembles across the country, including Polyphony, Ex Cathedra, the Carice Singers and many more. Since 2022, she has been a member of the UK’s premier all-female a cappella group, Papagena. She has toured the world with these groups, recently performing at the Riyadh Opera Festival 2023 with the National Symphony Orchestra. 

She is an accomplished recording artist, featuring on more than 10 albums; most recently, she appears as the soprano soloist with renowned early music ensemble, Fretwork, in the third installment of the multi-volume compendium of the music of Orlando Gibbons, In Chains of Gold.

Imogen trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating from her MMus in Vocal Performance with distinction in 2020. As an undergraduate, she was a choral scholar in the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge for four years.

Orchestre Le Balcon

Le Balcon was founded in 2008 by a conductor (Maxime Pascal), a sound engineer (Florent Derex), a pianist and conductor (Alphonse Cemin) and three composers (Juan Pablo Carreño, Mathieu Costecalde, Pedro Garcia Velasquez). Le Balcon adapts to its projects and concerts, not least the number of members, as well as the visual concept and its interaction with sound design and electronic music. The ensemble is named after the 1956 play, Le Balcon, by Jean Genet, which places the ensemble’s artistic and musical projects, much like the playwright, in the area of narration, language and representation.

The ensemble was initially located at the Église Saint-Merry, followed by the Théâtre de l’Athénée Louis-Jouvet, and gradually became a transdisciplinary collective, uniting an orchestra with a troupe of artists from many discipliness. Le Balcon creates productions from a repertoire spanning all eras of music history, with a particular focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries. In its seven years at the Athénée Théâtre, Le Balcon produced numerous operas and plays, including Strauss’s Ariane auf Naxos, Eötvös’s Le Balcon, Levinas’s La Métamorphose, and world premieres such as Lavandier’s Le Premier Meurtre and Eldar’s Like Flesh.

The ensemble has worked with the composer in residence funded by the Singer-Polignac Foundation since 2018 and has commissioned a number of new works.

In 2018, Le Balcon began production of Licht: Die sieben Tage der Woche (Light: The Seven Days of the Week) by Stockhausen. Each autumn, one of the seven operas of this great cycle is performed for the public. Donnerstag from Licht had its premiere in 2018, followed by Le Balcon’s performances of Samstag from Licht in June 2019, Dienstag from Licht in October 2020 and Freitag from Licht in November 2022 at Lille Opera and the Philharmonie in Paris.

Since the 2022-2023 season, Le Balcon has been a partner artist of the Lille Opera.

In 2023, Le Balcon will present new productions: The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Weill and Brecht, at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, with the troupe of the Comédie-Française, directed by Thomas Ostermeier; Saint François d'Assise by Messiaen at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest in a concert version with video by Nieto; and Sonntag aus Licht by Stockhausen at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Le Balcon is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Société Générale Foundation C’est Vous l’Avenir, the City of Paris and the Singer-Polignac Foundation.