A program that honors the masterpieces of great French artists, starting with the sublime as well as formidable Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns performed by the young Louis Schwizgebel. Musical Impressionism, a typically French aesthetic, is not to be outdone with Reynaldo Hahn's La Nuit d'amore bergamasque, music of the exquisite and the marvelous, and Images, Ibéria by Claude Debussy, a veritable musical postcard from Spain.

With the creation for choir and orchestra Apocalypsis, Édith Canat de Chizy brilliantly demonstrates the vitality of the current French school: the composer uses texts by Hildegarde von Bingen, Nostradamus or even the Apocalypse according to Saint-Jean to illustrate his musical vision of a mystical revelation.


Édith Canat de Chizy - Apocalypsis, mondial creation
command of the Cité musicale-Metz
Camille Saint-Saëns - Concerto pour piano no 2
Reynaldo Hahn - Nuit d’amour bergamasque
Claude Debussy - Ibéria, extract of Images

Orchestre national de Metz
Les Métaboles
(32 singers)

David Reiland, direction
Louis Schwizgebel, piano



Friday, September 17 2021 - 8 pmApocalypsisLa Cité musicale - Metz

The opening concert for the 2021-2022 season highlights the masterpieces of great French artists, Camille Saint-Saens, Reynaldo Hahn and Claude Debussy. To these composers is added Édith Canat de Chizy with Apocalypsis, a world creation for choir and orchestra.

This powerful work, commissioned to mark the 800th anniversary of Metz Cathedral, will resonate with force in the Great Hall of the Arsenal.