Ben Glassberg, a British Francophile in Toulouse

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At the Halle aux Grains, the young British conductor Ben Glassberg will conduct this Friday, December 10 a concert around Jean-Guilhen Queyras, absolute master of the cello, who will perform the formidable and twirling Concerto n ° 1 by Haydn.

The young British conductor Ben Glassberg will conduct, in Toulouse, this Friday, a concert around the cello of Jean-Guilhen Queyras. On the program: Haydn, Louise Farrenc, Camille Pépin and Maurice Ravel. A beautiful Christmas concert in perspective, led by a lover of France, its language, its music and its culture. Encounter.

You are only 27 years old: does this youth guide your conductor? Does it make her more vigorous, more fiery?
Yes, I imagine, because I find that I have already changed compared to my beginnings! Having said that, I know 60-year-old conductors who have a lot of energy and vigor! It’s great, because I know that these works that I present, I will not stop directing them differently in the years to come. Maybe when you’re a young conductor, you take more risks, you have more courage …

You are at the head of the Opéra de Rouen and speak remarkable French: a true Francophile!
I like the culture, the French spirit. Cheese, seafood too! Culture is more involved here than in Great Britain: cultural policies are more marked. I feel more useful in France than in London.

Friday’s concert puts the cello in the spotlight. They say it is the closest instrument to the human voice …
Absoutely ! I love this instrument, its sensitivity, its roundness, its colors, its warmth indeed very close to the voice.
I know the talent of Jean-Guilhen Queyras, with whom I have never played, but the Orchester du Capitole brings me luck: the three times I have performed there, I played for the first time with a talented musician with whom I then became close! I love playing with the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse: they are very talented musicians, of course, but what impresses me the most is this special human warmth that they radiate …

The program is eclectic …
I love Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, which I have conducted many times. The first part is noble, the second is intimate, the third is a very dynamic party! We will play Overture n ° 1 by Louise Farrenc, whose work I discovered quite recently, and “Vajrayana” by Camille Pépin, which is a modern work, written in 2014. Camille and I are good friends. Finally, Ravel and suite n ° 2 of “Daphnis et Chloéé. Ravel is for me the best orchestrator in history. This 18-minute piece, which is the end of the ballet, is colorful and just extraordinary …

“For the love of the cello” with Ben Glassberg (conductor) and Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) and the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, Friday December 10 at 8 pm at the Halle aux Grains (1, place Dupuy). Prices from 18 to 65 € / 5 € for children under 27. Reservations: www.onct.toulouse.fr – 05 61 63 13 13