Debussy & Ravel

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December 7-8 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Jun Märkl, Conductor
Pascal Rogé, Piano

Debussy - Petite suite
Debussy - "Ibéria", No. 2 from Images
Ravel - Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole

Get your musical passport stamped at Charles de Gaulle Airport. French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were the original fin de siècle symphonic innovators and they showed the world what it meant to truly "paint with sound." It is no wonder they became the most recognizable Parisian orchestral icons during the early 20th century. With this program featuring some of their most colorful creations, you can travel with your ears to that great city of long ago and experience the time and place that inspired Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris.

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  • Artist Profile:

    Jun Märkl conducts the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has long been a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen.

    He was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005-11 and of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig until 2012. In recognition of his tenure in Lyon and his hugely successful nine-disc Debussy cycle with the orchestra on Naxos, in 2012 he was honoured by the French Ministry of Culture with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also toured with the orchestra to Japan and major European halls and festivals such as the Salle Pleyel, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BBC Proms, Bad Kissingen, Rheingau and Lucerne. With MDR he toured to Spain and the Baltics, made regular appearances in the Berlin Konzerthaus and Cologne Philharmonie, and conducted Schumann’s rarely-heard opera Genoveva at the Rotterdam Opera Festival.

    Märkl has conducted for many years at the state operas of Vienna, Munich and Semperoper Dresden, and was until 2006 Permanent Conductor of the Bavarian State Opera. He made his Royal Opera House, London, debut with Götterdämmerung in 1996 and at the Metropolitan Opera with Il Trovatore in 1998, has conducted complete Ring Cycles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the New National Theatre Tokyo, and toured to Japan in 2007 with the Semperoper Dresden (Tannhäuser). In 2014 he conducts Fidelio at the Hamburg State Opera.

    Born in Munich, his (German) father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his (Japanese) mother a solo pianist. Märkl studied violin, piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hannover, going on to study with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and with Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986 he won the conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat and a year later won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Soon afterwards he had a string of appointments in European opera houses followed by his first music directorships at the Staatstheater in Saarbrücken (1991-94) and at the Mannheim Nationaltheater (1994-2000).


    Born in Paris, Pascal Rogé became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of 17. He has won many prestigious awards including two Gramophone Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque and an Edison Award for his interpretations of the Ravel and Saint-Saens concertos. For the Poulenc Edition in 1999 Mr Rogé recorded both piano concertos, the Aubade and the Concerto Champêtre all under Charles Dutoit.

    For Oehms Classics Mr Rogé recorded, to unanimous acclaim, the Ravel G Major and Gershwin concertos with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand de Billy and has now recorded a second disc with the same forces which includes the Ravel Left Hand Piano Concerto, Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. Pascal Rogé’s latest recording project is the Rogé Edition, released on the Onyx Classics label. The first CD release in May 2005 inaugurated his first complete Debussy cycle with the Préludes and was followed by a second disc including Estampes and Children’s Corner early in 2007. In March 2008 the third volume was released containing Images and Pour le Piano and in September 2010 the fourth volume with the Études. Also for Onyx he has released a disc of Mozart concertos with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard, Poètes du Piano, and Wedding Cake, music for Piano Duo with his wife Ami Rogé.

    Pascal Rogé has performed in almost every major concert hall in the world. Some of the orchestras he has appeared with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, L’Orchestre de Paris, L’Orchestre National de Radio France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhaus and all the major London orchestras.
    He appears regularly in the United States and is a frequent guest artist in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and especially Japan. Among his recent British engagements are recitals at Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hall where he is a frequent guest of the International Piano Series.

    Pascal Rogé was for two years the Artistic Director of Incontri in Terra di Siena, a summer festival that takes place each year in Tuscany. He is enjoying playing recitals of music for four hands/one piano with his wife, the pianist Ami Rogé.

  • Program:

    Claude Debussy - Petite suite
                                   I. En bateau
                                   II. Cortège
                                   III. Menuet
                                   IV. Ballet
    Claude Debussy - "Ibéria", No. 2 from Images
                                    I. Par les rues et par les chemins [Through Streets and Lanes]
                                    II. Les parfums de la nuit [The Fragrances of the Night]
                                    III. Le matin d'un jour de fête [Morning of a Feast-Day]
    Maurice Ravel - Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
                               I.  Allegramente
                               II.  Adagio assai
                               III.  Presto

    Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole
                               I.  Prélude a la nuit
                               II.  Malagueña
                               III.  Habañera
                               IV.  Feria

  • Program Notes:

    Claude Debussy - Petite suite
    Claude Debussy - "Ibéria", No. 2 from Images
    Maurice Ravel - Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
    Maurice Ravel - Rapsodie espagnole