L’Histoire du Soldat
Stravinsky revisits the legend of Faust, with the voices of three of the current leading lights of the Comédie-Française.
French creation at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 1924
Didier Sandre The Narrator (pensionnaire de la Comédie-Française)
Denis Podalydès The Soldier (sociétaire de la Comédie-Française)
Michel Vuillermoz The Devil (sociétaire de la Comédie-Française)
Olivier Charlier violin
Bernard Cazauran bass
Gabriel Benlolo drums
Philippe Berrod clarinet
Giorgio Mandolesi bassoon
Bruno Tomba cornet
Guillaume Cottet Dumoulin trombone
Jean-Christophe Gayot direction
Penned by Stravinsky out of necessity in 1917 when he was a refugee in Switzerland, Story of a Soldier could not be further removed from the opulent grand ballets of the Diaghilev era. In an era ground down by war he had to make do with limited means: three actors tread the boards of a touring show and a handful of musicians join them to strike up a military march, a Spanish paso doble, a Viennese waltz, an Argentine tango and an American ragtime tune in succession. A century to the day since it was first performed, it falls to Denis Podalydès, Michel Vuillermoz and Didier Sandre to breathe new life into the “Faust of the canton of Vaud”. Jean-Christophe Gayot, who conducts the seven musicians from Orchestre de Paris, brings the very best out of the modern style of the score and his steely precision will make sparks fly.
Coréalisation Jeanine Roze Production / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées