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Feast for Piano and Orchestra
October 22, 2008   
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Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire will be performing with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw Oct. 30. The program includes Messiaen's Les Offrandes Oubiliées, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16 and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14.

Freire has long been one of the world's most acclaimed pianists and his infrequent recordings are highly sought after by connoisseurs. After Freire signed an exclusive contract with Decca in 2001, the company released an album of Chopin the next year that was showered with accolades, including the Diapason d'Or, the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Repertoire, and the Recommandé par Classica. Freire was nominated Soloist of the Year 2002 for France's annual Victoires de la Musique awards. He is currently working on an album of Schumann pieces.

Tugan Sokhiev was born in North Ossetia in 1977 and educated in St. Petersburg. He has been the Toulouse orchestra's principal conductor since 2005. Before that he was music director of the Welsh National Opera from 2003 to 2004. Sokhiev has given numerous guest performances with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia (London), the Sydney symphony, the French National, the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian State, the City of Birmingham symphony, the Berlin German Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic. He has also been a guest conductor at St. petersburg's Mariinsky Theater and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Oct. 30, National Philharmonic, 10 Sienkiewicza St., 7 p.m.; tickets zl.90, 80, 70, 60, 50, available from www.ticketonline.pl, tel. +48 22 5517 149, +48 22 5517 188, bilety@filharmonia.pl
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