Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
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Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

Date of Event

Monday, 3. 6. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00


600 - 4 200 CZK Sold out


  • Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Jacques Ibert: Flute Concerto
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36


  • Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
  • Tugan Sokhiev - conductor
  • Emmanuel Pahud - flute

Emmanuel Pahud´s video-portrait

A double debut – at the Prague Spring and in the Czech Republic – will be marked by the appearances at the festival of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Under the baton of its principal conductor, Tugan Sokhiev, the orchestra will take care of a grandiose finale topping off the Prague Spring´s 74th edition. The programme of their two concerts features a duo of eminent soloists: flautist Emmanuel Pahud in Ibert´s brilliant concerto for the instrument, and in the second concert, violinist Renaud Capuçon, in a display of his dazzling art in Dvořák´s violin concerto. The juxtaposition of these two works on two successive ocassions augurs an exciting dialogue between Slavic and French musical cultures. For many music critics the Toulouse orchestra embodies the French ideal of orchestral sound which brings into the fore a combination of cultured refinement and translucency. In the course of his more than a decade-long tenure at the head of the Toulouse orchestra, Sokhiev has succeeded in enriching this sonic ideal by elements of technical brilliance and a specifically Russian ingredient of elemental spontaneity. The programme they have chosen affords the orchestra and conductor a generous range of opportunities to convince the Czech audience about their excellence.

Tugan Sokhiev, who is simultaneously also the music director of Moscow´s Bolshoi Theatre, has in recent years likewise worked with the Vienna, Berlin, Munich and London Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig´s Gewandhausorchester, or the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, among others. His overseas commitments have included widely acclaimed appearances with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. “Tugan Sokhiev demonstrated a natural command that had this formidable group of virtuoso players on their mettle: American orchestral brilliance met Russian soul.”, wrote the critic for the Chicago Tribune newspaper after the conductor´s debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra five years ago.

Similar accolades are heaped on the art of the Franco-Swiss flautist, Emmanuel Pahud. “One of today’s most dazzling interpreters of the 20th century flute repertoire”, is his appraisal by the BBC Music Magazine, to cite but one source. Over a quarter-century ago, aged 22, he became principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, then headed by Claudio Abbado, and has retained the post to this day. He has to his credit over twenty-five recordings, all of them highly acclaimed by critics and winning multiple awards. Together with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich conducted by David Zinman, he made a highly successful recording of Ibert´s Flute Concerto, a work Emmanuel also frequently performs on concert platforms. This is what the Musical America web magazine had to say in 2002 about his performance at New York´s Carnegie Hall with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster: “The bustling acrobatics of Jaques Ibert’s fluffy Flute Concerto were crisply served by Emmanuel Pahud’s big, brilliant tone…”

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This concert is filmed for the Czech Television and Mezzo.