Do we need to know, before hearing a work, whether it was composed by a man or a woman? Does this information change the way we listen? Does it influence our judgment ?
With the works selected for this recording, we enter the realm of so-called ‘programme music’. Composers proclaim therein their ability to depict, through purely aural means, a non-musical subject. A poem, a narrative, a painting, a scene from a play or even a sculpture could be used as the basis for the score of a symphonic poem. “
Augusta Holmès (1847-1903)
- Andromède, poème symphonique 14’01
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
- D’un matin de printemps* 5’40
- D’un soir triste* 11’07
Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
- Le Songe de Cléopâtre 8’18
- Ophélie 4’39
- Salomé 4’48
Betsy Jolas (né en 1926)
A Little Summer Suite** (World premier recording)
- Strolling away 1’29
- Knocks and clocks 2’00
- Strolling about 1’36
- Shakes and quakes 1’41
- Strolling under 0’33
- Chants and cheers 3’11
- Strolling home 1’35
* Durand Edition / ** Leduc Edition
Music Director and Artistic Director, Orchestre National de Metz
Born in Belgium, David Reiland holds diplomas in saxophone, conducting and composition from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the SalzburgMozarteum. He has been Music Director and Artistic Director of the Orchestre National de Metz since September 2018 and was reappointed in 2020 for a second term until 2024. Under his leadership, the orchestra has broadened its scope and repertory, from the Classical works of which he is particularly fond to today’s composers, while still retaining a strong focus on French music.
David Reiland has been Music Director of the Sinfonietta de Lausanne since 2017, and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Münchner Symphoniker in 2019, while in August 2020 the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, with which he has had a special relationship since the 2017/18 season, awarded him the title of ‘Schumanngast’. He trained for three years as assistant conductor to The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Roger Norrington, and was subsequently Music Director and Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg from 2012 to 2017.
He is a regular guest with Oper Leipzig, Korean National Opera, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Liège Royal Philharmonic, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. After making his debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, he will shortly conduct Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin and Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Orcheste National de Metz Grand Est
The Orchestre national de Metz has become the Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est. While a substantial part of its activity takes place in Metz, the orchestra also plays an essential role in the Grand Est Region. This new name therefore lays emphasis on the important programme of dissemination and artistic and cultural outreach that has been
developed in the region over the past few years. The Metz orchestra is also a formidable tool for conveying, through its activity on the national, cross-border and international levels, the identity of the Grand Est Region as a land of creation and musical excellence !
The Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est, founded in 1976, is in permanent residence at the Arsenal and has its own Maison de l’Orchestre where it rehearses. Under the artistic and musical direction of David Reiland, its seventy-two musicians give around eighty-five concerts and performances per year throughout its home region, the Grand Est, elsewhere in France and abroad. It holds the label of ‘orchestre national en région’, and since 2016 has been part of the Cité musicale-Metz, which, along with the three Metz Concert halls Arsenal, BAM and Trinitaires, constitutes an ambitious project as a home for all kinds of music and dance, aimed at all audiences. Artistic and cultural outreach, cultural democratisation and social inclusion are at the heart of the orchestra’s priorities: it organises numerous activities for schoolchildren and audiences who are less familiar with music within the Metz Metropolitan Area (Eurométropole) and elsewhere in the region.
The Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est is administered and financially supported bya joint commission (syndicat mixte) comprising the City of Metz, the Grand Est Region and Metz Metropolitan Area. The French State (DRAC Grand Est) also contributes to its funding.