RELEASED ON FRIDAY 8TH MARCH 2024 VIA DECCA CLASSICS

Petrouchka – II. Russian Dance

RELEASED TODAY AND AVAILABLE HERE

Decca Classics is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Klaus Mäkelä’s upcoming album with the Orchestre de Paris on Friday 8th March 2024, featuring Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Debussy’s Jeux and Prélude à L’Après midi d’un faune.

The album represents Mäkelä’s second recording with his French orchestra and follows the success of his first installment, featuring Stravinsky’s pivotal ballets scores L’Oiseau de feu and Le Sacre du printemps“In these richly detailed and technically demanding scores, his orchestra sounds both glamorous and immaculate, complemented by a detailed yet well-balanced recording.” (BBC Music Magazine).

All three Ballets Russes pieces were performed at the prestigious 2023 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where critics hailed Mäkelä’s dynamic leadership: “Mäkelä’s gestures are freer and more flexible than ever, proof of the relationship of trust that exists between this extraordinary conductor and an orchestra that has never been so close.” (Le Figaro), praising his “Diabolical Petrouchka of precision” (Le Monde) and “By its virtuosity, conviction and evocative power, the interpretation of the Orchestre de Paris and its conductor Klaus Mäkelä is indisputable’ (Les Echos).

The album features a live recording of Petrouchka from a concert at the Paris Philharmonie in September 2023, and Debussy’s Jeux and Prélude à L’Après midi d’un faune recorded at the Paris Philharmonie in December 2023.

Introducing the project, Klaus Mäkelä says, “I got to know Petrouchka from an early age and it was the first Stravinsky ballet that I conducted. It has since remained a work close to my heart, both for its wonderful narrative and colour. It sounds completely different from the other Ballets Russes scores – there is not the earthiness of The Rite of Spring or the late romantic spirit of the Firebird. What’s ground breaking is the harmonic language in which Stravinsky presents a wealth of fascinating and contemporary inventions and it’s a wonderful piece because every single gesture in the music has a narrative and the score is extremely colourful.”

After the success of L’Oiseau de feu, Stravinsky worked on Petrouchka, a puppet ballet commissioned by Diaghilev for Ballets Russes. Premiered in 1911, it was a great success, showcasing Stravinsky’s use of Russian folk tunes. Diaghilev’s plans for Nijinsky’s choreography included an unsuccessful adaptation of Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune in 1912 and the 1913 premiere of Jeux, a ballet with extraordinary music by Debussy. Despite being overshadowed by Stravinsky’s  Le Sacre du printemps, Jeux gained recognition postwar, thanks to conductors like Pierre Boulez.

In addition to his role as Music Director of Orchestre de Paris, Klaus Mäkelä has held the position of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic since 2020. As Artistic Partner to the Concertgebouworkest since 2022, he will assume the title of Chief Conductor in 2027. Mäkelä and the Orchestre de Paris are set to perform Stravinskys complete Ballets Russes at the Paris Philharmonie on 28 and 29 February, followed by a USA tour with concerts in Ann Arbor, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Boston, and Montreal, featuring works from the new album.

Klaus Mäkelä conducts Stravinsky Petrouchka /

Debussy Jeux & Prélude à L’Après midi d’un faune with Orchestre de Paris,

released 8th March 2024 on Decca Classics

Klaus Mäkelä / Orchestre de Paris 2024 performance dates:

Stravinsky’s Ballets Russes at the Paris Philharmonie on 28 and 29 February

USA tour :

Ann Arbor 14 March                         

Programme : Debussy Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune + Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2

(soloist Yunchan Lim) + Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (complete)

NY Carnegie Hall: 16 March                         

Programme : L’Oiseau de feu (complete) and Le Sacre du printemps

Boston: 17 March                         

Programme : Debussy Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune + Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2

(soloist Yunchan Lim) + Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (complete)

Montreal: 19 March                         

Programme : Debussy Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune + Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 2

(soloist Yunchan Lim) + Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (complete)

For Mäkelä’s complete performance dates visit https://klausmakela.com/schedule/.

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