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Composer: Pauset, Brice (b. 1965)

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Year of birth1965
NationalityFrance
Period20th century
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The Dijon Ring – Part 1

© Gilles Abegg, Opéra de Dijon
Putting on a Ring cycle is normally considered a major undertaking for any opera company. For a mid-sized provincial opera company, the idea of staging the whole cycle in a weekend seems barely short of insane. But that’s what Opéra de Dijon are doing – Das Rheingold and Die Walküre last night, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung tonight, and it just had to be seen.
****1
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Susanna Mälkki with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

Johannes Vermeer, The Geographer (c. 1668–69), Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt
Susanna Mälkki, current Musical Director of the trail-blazing new music specialists Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in a concert showcasing two French impressionists’ love affair with Spain, Brice Pauset’s fascination with the symphony orchestra’s timbral spectrum, and Alexander Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy.
***11
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