On November 17, medici.tv Webcasts Oscar-Winning French Actress Marion Cotillard in Honegger’s Jeanne au Bûcher, Live from Barcelona
“This is an amazing site for lovers of classical music.” – Baltimore Sun on medici.tv
On November 17 at 2pm EST, medici.tv will present a live webcast of French actress Marion Cotillard – winner of an Academy Award for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in the hit film La vie en rose – performing the lead role in Arthur Honegger’s iconic 1935 oratorio, Jeanne au Bûcher (“Joan of Arc at the Stake”), at the Barcelona Auditori. The libretto for Honegger’s Jeanne au Bûcher is a highly original creation by French poet and playwright Paul Claudel, who dramatized the last moments of the martyr’s life. Featuring speaking and singing roles, Joan of Arc at the Stake has, since its Basel premiere in 1938, established itself as one of the most stunning dramatic oratorios in the history of music.
With his masterful score, Honegger highlights all the anguish and tension of Joan’s interrogation and subsequent execution. The Swiss composer – one of the 20th-century’s greatest composers for film – created visually evocative atmospheres, filling the orchestra with sounds (including those of saxophones and the ondes Martenot) that were on the cutting edge for their time.
On the Auditori stage, Marion Cotillard – who already performed this role in 2005, in France’s Orléans – will join Marc Soustrot conducting the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC), actor Xavier Gallais (Brother Dominique), and tenor Yann Beuron (Porcus). The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra has been a live concert partner of medici.tv since 2011 and is one of the leading orchestra of Southern Europe.
This event will be streamed live on November 17 after which it will also be available for the next 90 days, only on medici.tv. Viewers can enjoy a simultaneous translation of the French verse. More information is available at: www.medici.tv/ - /jeanne-d-arc-au-bucher-honegger-obc-barcelona-marion-cotillard.
Marion Cotillard has already dazzled audiences with her performance in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone, for which she was recently honored with the prize for best actress at the Hollywood Film Festival. Audiard’s production also won the best film prize at this week’s BFI London Film Festival.
“Marion Cotillard has an intense attachment to the work of Honneger. Her emotional intensity and incredible talent will make a blast of this moment. Her commitment to this project is a privilege. It is a perfect opportunity to create a wonderful bridge between cinema and classical music, in the way Roberto Rossellini did in the movie Joan of Arc at the Stake,” says Hervé Boissière, founder of medici.tv.
Marion Cotillard: Joan of Arc
Xavier Gallais: Brother Dominique
Yann Beuron: a voice, Porcus, Herald 1, Chaplain
Maria Hinojosa: The Virgin
Marta Almajano: Marguerite
Aude Extrémo: Catherine
Eric Martin-Bonnet: a voice, Herald 2, Peasant
Carles Romero: Herald, the ass, Bedford, J. de Luxembourg, Grinder Trusty, Peasant
Pep Planas: Usher, R. de Chartres, G. de Flavy, Perrot, Priest
Vivaldi Choir, Lieder Càmera Chamber Choir, Madrigal Choir
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Marc Soustrot, conductor
Direction: Jean-Pierre Loisil
Co-production: medici.tv/MUSEEC & Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Live on medici.tv:
Nov 2 & 3 at 2pm EDT; Nov 4 at 1pm EST
Chamber Orchestra of Europe: Schumann Symphonic Series
Yannick Nézet-Seguin, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Nicholas Angelich, piano
Nov 8 at 1pm EST
Orchestre de Paris
Paavo Järvi, conductor
Andreas Haefliger, piano
With the support of Natixis, sponsor of Orchestre de Paris.
Nov 17 at 12pm EST
Honegger: Jeanne au Bûcher
Marion Cotillard, Jeanne
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
Vivaldi, Lieder Camera, and Madrigal Choirs
Marc Soustrot, conductor
Nov 23 at 1pm EST
Giovanni Antonini, conductor
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse
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Since its official launch in May 2008, medici.tv has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of music and arts lovers from 182 countries – online viewers who have watched over 12 million videos to date. The site currently averages more than 80,000 individual visitors each month. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, medici.tv now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and for the Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones, and the Android.
In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live concerts each year, medici.tv has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,000 VOD programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, master classes, artist portraits, and archival material by such legendary musicians as Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as well as such leading film directors as Bruno Monsaingeon, Paul Smaczny, and Frank Scheffer. Recently, medici.tv added reference opera productions to its library, including Don Carlo starring Rolando Villazón at the Royal Opera House and The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne conducted by William Christie; also new to the library are archive performances by Van Cliburn.
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Published: October 31, 2012