French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Read on to learn about his upcoming performance schedule, explore a range of video and audio samples, and hear the latest news about his performances and recordings.

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Strange beauty: grandiosity and intimacy in Seattle Symphony’s Grande messe des morts

10th November, 2017

Strange beauty: grandiosity and intimacy in Seattle Symphony’s Grande messe des morts

“Morlot, who grew up close by the composer’s childhood home and who was mentored in Berlioz interpretation by none other than Sir Colin Davis, fearlessly underscored what I can only call the weirdness of this music: its odd ruptures and splicings, peculiar rhythmic accents, deeply unsettling juxtapositions that would have given even Beethoven pause. What Berlioz does share with Beethoven – and Morlot seemed attuned to this – is in his obsessive reworking of an idea, like fingered prayer beads, until it yields some astonishingly unprecedented payoff.”

 

10 November 2017
Thomas May / bachtrack

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WATCH: LUDOVIC MORLOT CONDUCTS THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

Ludovic Morlot leads the Berlin Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Hector Berlioz’ La mort de Cléopâtre (full video available via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall)