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Our Conductors II: Philippe Entremont

Today we offer the second of the posts introducing the conductors who work or have worked with Tritó. On this occasion it is the turn of Philippe Entremont, the French pianist and conductor. The precocious son of musicians, he had already won prizes for chamber music performance at the age of fourteen, and at sixteen he was already a professional musician. Although he never studied conducting (he says he learned while playing under the baton of the best conductors), he has led such prestigious orchestras as the Netherlands, Israel and Vienna Chamber Orchestras. He has also conducted and played with the Berlin Philharmonic, the NHK from Japan, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and the Shangai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. In Spain he has conducted the Orquesta de Málaga and the Cadaqués Orchestra. That period with the Cadaqués Orchestra gave rise to the recordings on some of the albums in the collections “Solfa la redonda” and “La corxera juganera”, with musical stories for children, and which we have grouped together to make it easier to locate them by conductor, a search parameter that we are enhancing on our website in order to make it easier to use. La caixa de joguines, by Claude Debussy: “This is the story of a toy box, where a long time ago a ballerina doll and a wooden soldier lived curled up inside. At night, when the children were asleep, the box used to open and…” So begins this work that Debussy composed thinking of his daughter Chou-Chou and all the children in the world. We now present Meirion Bowen’s adaptation of the piano original, for narrator and chamber ensemble, and related in Catalan by the soprano Mireia Casas. Seven fables by La Fontaine: It contains Jean La Fontaine’s seven best known fables, set to music by Xavier Benguerel. Throughout the narrative, the music accompanies the text: it anticipates what is to come and illustrates the content. The instruments serve to highlight the characteristics that La Fontaine so wisely attributes to his animals: the bassoon portrays the wisdom of the Fox, the oboe, the terrible way the Mosquito stings the Lion... you can enjoy this musical tale in Spanish, narrated by Gonzalo de Castro, or in Catalan with Rosa Gàmiz Historia de Babar: Written by Jean de Brunhoff and set to music by Francis Poulenc, the Story of Babar has been admired for many generations. The adventures of the little elephant, the death of his mother at the hands of a hunter, the discovery of the city, the old lady, his cousins Arthur and Celeste, and Babar's coronation as king of the elephants are part of our childhood memories. As in La Fontaine’s fables, we offer this book in a Spanish version, narrated by Tristán Ulloa, and in Catalan, with the voice of the actress Àgata Roca.