Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of [...]
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They spoke about it
What do we remember from these journeys? Not only the landscapes, the local cuisine and the museums we visited, but also the music from the particular country, written by the people born there and those who have chosen to stop over.
An influential cultural source thanks to its authors, philosophers, painters and musicians, but also a tourist’s dream destination, with its historic places, fine cuisine and haute couture, France continues to exercise a potent attraction. Whether it served as a homeland – Chopin composed his most nuanced works there – or a meeting point for generations of composers, Paris has been witness to several upheavals, from the emergence of musical Impressionism according to Claude Debussy, to the deliciously sardonic reinterpretations by Erik Satie and the effervescence of Jean Françaix.
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Translation: Annie P. Prothin