"Victories of classical music".  Stéphane Bern and Marina Chiche in a "musical ping-pong"

"Victories of classical music". Stéphane Bern and Marina Chiche in a "musical ping-pong"

Violet Field inEntertainmentFeb 24, 2021 3 min read1 views

The 28th ceremony of the "Victories of classical music", broadcast on France 3 and France Musique live from the Auditorium in Lyon, takes on a very special flavor in a France without concert.

© Darius Salimi - FTV At the helm of this great prime time alongside the violinist Marina Chiche, Stéphane Bern confides in us his love for Great Music.

The 28th ceremony of the "Victories of classical music", broadcast on France 3 and France Musique live from the Auditorium in Lyon, takes on a very special flavor in a France without concert.

The Victoires de la musique classiqu e take place this Wednesday evening on France 3 , in a context of difficult restrictions in the cultural sector. Interview with Stéphane Bern who will present the ceremony in the company of the violinist Marina Chiche, from Lyon.

After Le concert de Paris that you have been orchestrating for 8 years; Symphonissime ; Les Victoires de la musique and L'Eurovision , on France 2, presenting Les Victoires de la musique classique is just a formality?

I don't want to be the Swiss Army Knife of France Télévisions ! I prefer to keep my areas of expertise and major heritage events! But finally, I accepted with pleasure this mission to answer the request of Michel Field, for Alain Duault, great ambassador of classical music and for Lyon, my hometown and that of my studies (EM Lyon). I went to the Opera there more than the Bouchons Lyonnais! I was also president of the conservatory of my Parisian district, the 9th district from 2001 to 2018.

What is your “Madeleine de Proust” or your musical shock?

Mozart's little night music ; Beethoven's Sonatas by Karajan; Gundula Janowitz in The Last Four Lieder by Strauss on Deutsche Grammophon 33 rpm. I studied the piano but the Prussian methods of my mother with ruler strokes on the fingers turned me away… Finally Mozart's Magic Flute at the Opéra de Lyon or at the Volksoper (Popular Opera) in Vienna, was a musical shock. I spent time with Montserrat Caballé and Placido Domingo, president of Europa Nostra, for the safeguard of cultural heritage . At the Élysée, I had lunch with pianist Alfred Brendel and President Emmanuel Macron, who plays the piano to relax.

How are you going to tune your violins with Marina Chiche who took over from Frédéric Lodéon on Sunday on France Musique, with Vous dit Classique ?

Marina is a great violinist. It brings freshness and makes classical music accessible by not using the abstruse jargon of specialists. Between us it's a game of musical ping-pong. I am connected with France Musique but also with classical radio, in particular for Gautier Capuçon, which I invited to play in my abbey church in Thiron-Gardais.

How to boost this ceremony which attracted only 1.1 million fans last year?

We will breathe new life into the rhythm, circulate between the balconies and the stage and give priority to the music over the blah! Even without an audience, these Victories are a platform. We must hear the percussionist Aurélien Gignoux, the joie de vivre of Marie Oppert, soprano; the pianists Alexandre Tharaud and Katia Buniatishvili… We will go and get the viewers with our teeth and we will keep them in our arms!

"Les Victoires de la musique classique" at 9:05 pm on "France 3".