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1. Legend and Poetry with Marc Hervieux and Kent Nagano

Marc Hervieux

1. Legend and Poetry with Marc Hervieux and Kent Nagano

Maison symphonique de Montréal

Charismatic Montreal tenor Marc Hervieux performs Britten’s song cycle Les Illuminations, setting to music the poetry of Rimbaud. Kent Nagano will conduct excerpts from Suites nos. 1 & 2 of Peer Gynt, Grieg’s music for Ibsen’s fantastical play. The melodic richness of these suites has made them a huge success ever since their first performance.

Presented in collaboration with   ici musique

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Kent Nagano, conductor
Marc Hervieux, tenor


Britten, Les illuminations, op. 18

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite for Orchestra nos. 1 & 2, excerpts


$22 to $45*


FRIDAY August 9, 2019

6:30 P.M.

Redirection vers la Place des Arts

Win a pair of VIP tickets to the opening concert of the Classical Spree
and meet Maestro Kent Nagano!

Purchase a minimum of two Classical Spree concerts and you become eligible to win front row seats at the OSM’s concert on the Esplanade of Olympic Park, August 7! From the Parterre seated area, you will contemplate the Orchestra’s magic and even meet its conductor Kent Nagano during a private post-concert cocktail.

Your participation couldn’t be made any simpler: by purchasing two concerts or more through or at the OSM ticket office, you are automatically entered in the draw to win 1 of 10 pairs of tickets, next August 1**. Get ready to immerse yourself at the heart of the music by transforming your concert experience into a simply unforgettable adventure!

*Valid exclusively for tickets purchased at or at the OSM box office. Purchases via the Place des Arts website or ticket services will not be entered into the draw.
**For details, please consult the Contest Rules.

Britten composed his orchestral song cycle Les Illuminations in 1939, shortly after leaving Britain for the United States, and around the beginning of his lifelong romantic and artistic partnership with tenor Peter Pears. This work sets ten prose and free-verse poems by Arthur Rimbaud: these wild, kaleidoscopic texts contain dark, ecstatic, even sexual imagery, and the music responds in kind.

An American composer, probably Copland, observed that he “did not know how Britten dared to write the melody” of Antique, which ends with the delirious “et je danse” on a high B-flat while the violas and cellos strum like a great guitar. Being Beauteous, the cycle’s longest setting, is dedicated to Pears. Parade, the ghostly march that follows, features the third and last return of the enigmatic refrain “I alone hold the key to this savage parade,” and the cycle ends with the more collected Départ.

Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt premiered with Grieg’s incidental music in 1876; two orchestral suites were published in 1888 and 1893. Grieg wrote that perhaps the best-known number, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “reeks of cow-pads and super-Norwegianism… but I am hoping that the irony will be able to make itself felt.” Whether or not his hope was justified, the Peer Gynt suites have proved perennially fresh, charming, and contagious.


Kent Nagano

Marc Hervieux