Chamber music


Mozart, Vivaldi, Im, Montgomery, Bloch, Delale, Weinzweig, Suk, Brahms
Le Bourget-du-Lac (73) Thursday 08 February 2018 12h Espace EVE - Campus in music, free entry
Alpes d'Huez (38) Saturday 10 February 2018 18h30 Eglise Notre-Dame des Neiges Réservation : free entry | Site internet
Lausanne (Suisse) Wednesday 21 March 2018 12h Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne - campus in music

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

A concert of chamber works on the subject of music, mountains, winter and Olympism, on the occasion of the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea, in February 2018.

Apart from the anecdotal figure of the cellist, mountaineer and skier Maurice Baquet, a close friend of the photographer Robert Doisneau, classical music is not often associated with the world of the Winter Olympics. Through this programme of chamber music, we propose an immersion in the theme of the Olympiad, first of all with the Baroque opera L’Olimpiade, to a libretto by the great poet Metastasio that was set by many composers, beginning with Caldara. The first composer to reuse the libretto was Antonio Vivaldi  (Venice, 1734). Mozart borrowed Metastasio’s lines “Piu non si trovano” for his Nocturne KV 549. True to the cosmopolitan Olympic spirit, the programme takes us to Korea with a piece by Kyung-Shin Im inspired by PyeongChang, host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, then to New York for the wildly colourful Strum by Jessie Montgomery. We then turn to the subject of mountains, with a fine piece by Ernest Bloch, composed in Haute Savoie in 1925. It is followed by a new work by Édouard Delale on the theme of Olympic disciplines. For the first four decades of the competition, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. The rest of this concert features classical pieces composed by Olympic medallists. The best known of them is Josef Suk. Then this spring concert ends with one of the masterpieces of string composition, Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet no. 1, op. 18, written in 1860.

String Sextet (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos)
With the soloists of  the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie




L’Olimpiade, overture, (1734)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Nocturne KV 549 (1788),
Piu non si trovano from L’Olimpiade by Metastasio

Around the world

Kyung-Shin IM

Winter (2018)


Strum (2012)


Ernest BLOCH

In the Mountains (1925)

Édouard DELALE

Hommage à Samaras (2018)

The Olympic medalists


String Quartet no. 2, excerpts (1946)

Josef SUK

Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale “St Wenceslas”,
op. 35a (1914)


Johannes BRAHMS

String Sextet, no. 2 opus 18 (1865)