Ravel : Bolero/Strauss : Don Quichotte - Château de Versailles Spectacles


Saturday 15 October 2022

19:00 to 20:40

1,40 hours including intermission

Location : Opéra Royal
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Ballet commissioned by Ida Rubinstein, first performed at the Paris Opera in 1928.

Long symphonic poem for cello, viola and large orchestra, first performed with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne in 1898.
Maurice Ravel's Bolero is probably the best-known score in the classical register. This ballet music was composed for the Russian dancer and wealthy patron Ida Rubinstein, who commissioned the composer to write a "ballet of Spanish character" that goes far beyond the codes of choreography to achieve an extraordinary fullness of sound. Ravel imagined a single musical phrase that became the body of a dance movement in one piece, with an unvarying rhythm and tempo, infinite modulations of a single melody. Only the orchestration is always changing and the melody circulates to all the desks, during a slow crescendo that suddenly explodes literally. A seemingly theoretical project, which could turn out to be dry and scholastic, it had a hypnotic effect on the audience from the very first performance, which has never waned, and provokes their absolute enthusiasm. Because the score is based solely on the principle of repetition, it disconcerted many composers who attended the premiere, such as Florent Schmitt. Others noted the feats of instrumentation, such as Charles Koechlin, who stated in his famous Traité de l'orchestration (1954) that "this entire score is to be studied in detail, for the balance and gradation of sonorities". But above all, it is a question of hearing the Bolero as a score that gently hooks you by questioning you with that throbbing percussion at the beginning, never to let go until the apotheosis!

Richard Strauss's Don Quixote is a magnificent symphonic poem with solo cello: these "Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Chivalrous Nature" composed in 1898 have become a cult score for symphony orchestras. The cello plays the character of Don Quixote, while the bass clarinet, tuba and viola play the bucolic and mischievous motif of his faithful servant, Sancho Panza. Most of the knight's adventures are described: the fight against the herd of sheep, the windmills or the flight in the air. But above all, Strauss portrayed himself in this work, through the whimsical and nostalgic character of Quixote and his desperate and ridiculous struggle to find love... A splendid work, this Don Quixote requires all the colours of the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, conducted with enthusiasm by its conductor Case Scaglione, with the star cellist Johannes Moser, a German who makes the most beautiful concert halls in the world vibrate with his indomitable energy!
General information
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Concert
  • Music :
    • Classical music
Château de Versailles Spectacles
Opéra Royal
Ravel : Bolero/Strauss : Don Quichotte - Château de Versailles Spectacles
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


FaresRates periodMinMax
15/10/2022 - 15/10/2022
AdultA l'année41.00€151.00€
Category 3: 41€ to 49€.
Category 2 : 59€ to 70€.
Category 1: 78€ to 92€
Prestige : 113€ to 130€
Prestige VIP: 151€.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: The best seats in the house, the programme and a free glass of champagne.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Very good seats, the programme and a glass of champagne free.

DISCOUNT RATE for people under 26, holders of the Château de Versailles Spectacles card and groups of more than 10 people (except for companies).

For a better reception, we strongly advise people with reduced mobility to reserve their seats by telephone on 01 30 83 78 89.

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GPS coordinates
Latitude : 48.801408
Longitude : 2.130122
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