Mikhail Rudy – Piano recital

Winner of the Marguerite-Long competition in 1975, the virtuoso musician Mikhaïl Rudy will be giving a piano recital, intended as a triple homage to Metz's Saint Etienne cathedral, Marc Chagall and Centre Pompidou-Metz. Two chorals by Bach, a leading composer of religious music, will be made to dialogue with two pieces from the cycle entitled Twenty Visions of the Infant Jesus by the composer Olivier Messiaen, who was invited by Chagall himself to give concerts in his Biblical Message Museum in Nice. Mikhail Rudy then performs pieces by the painter's favourite composers: an aria from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Liszt’s transcription of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and a Fantasia by Mozart, a composer whom Chagall considered to be one of the "three most important things in the world". Russian music will also reverberate throughout the cathedral: Tchaikovsky, whom Chagall chose for his ballet Aleko with Léonide Massine, and an excerpt from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Finally, contemporary composers will not be outdone thanks to Für Alina by Arvo Pärt, and Gyorgy Kurtag's musical gesture Perpetuum Mobile.