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August is also the month of the classic in Gironde

What’s this ? The second edition of a festival launched in 2021 by the Musiques en Bazadais association, chaired by a classical music programmer on RCF. A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers five meetings under the hall of the town hall (but the lyrical dinner on Friday the 5th is already sold out) with nods to jazz or pop, and a show children’s musical on Sunday 7.

Which headliners?The vocal ensemble Perspectives, whose…

What’s this ? The second edition of a festival launched in 2021 by the Musiques en Bazadais association, chaired by a classical music programmer on RCF. A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers five meetings under the hall of the town hall (but the lyrical dinner on Friday the 5th is already sold out) with nods to jazz or pop, and a show children’s musical on Sunday 7.

Which headliners? The vocal ensemble Perspectives, whose repertoire ranges from Purcell to the Beach Boys, in line with English formations such as the King’s Singers (Thursday 4), the Japanese Etsuko Hirose for piano adaptations of symphonic or lyrical works by Mozart or Paganini (Saturday 6), pianist Thomas Enhco and marimba player Vassilena Serafimova for a jazz re-reading of Bach (Sunday 7)

At what prices? 15 to 25 euros. Free for children under 12. Details on www.musiquesenbazadais.com

2 Gensac Festival, until August 7

What’s this ? The end of a festival which began on July 25 between Castillon-la-Bataille and Sainte-Foy-la-Grande around the Orchester de chambre de la Gironde, which works to make classical music known to a wider audience. since 1987.

Which headliners? The Gironde Chamber Orchestra itself, which will play Mendelssohn, Bach, Finzi and Haydn on Saturday 6 in Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Sunday 7 in Gensac.

At what prices? 24 euros. orchestradechambredelagironde.fr

3 Flam’ Festival, from August 5 to 15 in Haute Gironde

What’s this ? The 10e edition of a predominantly classical festival, mainly dedicated to string instruments. The artistic direction is also provided by the Varèse quartet, renowned in particular for its interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven. Seven concerts are scheduled in a triangle Blaye, Saint-Christoly-de-Blaye and Bourg.

Which headliners? The Varèse quartet of course, which will play Brahms or Prokofiev on Saturday 13, then Janáček and Tchaikovsky on Monday 15, with the reinforcement of Marie-Barbara Berlaud (viola) and Sébastien Hurtaud (cello). The quintet Le Bateau ivre is also to follow on Saturday 6 for its original composition with flute and harp and for its rare XX repertoiree century (Pierné, Absil…). Finally, note the screening of a documentary on the instruments stolen by the Nazis, Saturday 13.


The quintet Le Bateau ivre is the guest of the Flam’ festival on Saturday 6.

Zoe Khan Thibeault

At what prices? 15 euros, six-concert pass: 75 euros, free under 15s. festivalflam.fr

4 Musical’Océan, from August 21 to 25 in Lacanau

What’s this ? The festival created by François Salque, one of the great French cellists. There too, the base is classical, but with openings on jazz and world music. All concerts take place at the Escoure room in Lacanau-Océan at 9 p.m., except for a Piano Night scheduled for Monday 22, with three dates at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Which headliners? We find Thomas Enhco in this Night of the Piano, in the company of rising figures such as Gaspard Thomas or Ionah Maiatsky. François Salque will play a mix of classical pieces and jazz and bossa-nova standards on Thursday 25th with guitarist Pierre Perchaud and drummer Yoann Serra. Also note the concert by guitarist-singer Mathias Duplessy with three violinists playing Chinese, Mongolian and Arabic instruments on Tuesday 23.

At what prices? 17 to 22 euros, pass at 43 and 57 euros, free up to 13 years old. musicalocean.com

5 Classical Bridge, from August 22 to 24 in Pessac

Nicolas Dautricourt.


Nicolas Dautricourt.

Bernard Martinez

What’s this ? The first European edition, at the Château Pape Clément, in Pessac, of a festival born in 2018 in New York. Classical Bridge was started by a group of young musicians who want to build bridges with great masters through concerts and round tables. Within this collective, we find the violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, to whom Bernard Magrez entrusted his Stradivarius. The connection was all found. It is planned that this festival centered on the music of the XIXe and XXe centuries takes place every year, alternating between Pessac and New York.

Which headliners? Nicolas Dautricourt will play Schumann, Beethoven or Bartók on Monday 22 with Augustin Dumay, another violin star, and pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger. We will find Augustin Dumay on Tuesday 23 with cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière in Brahms and Fauré. But the legend is called Mischa Maisky, cellist, pupil of Rostropovitch and partner of Martha Argerich, who will play Shostakovich or Astor Piazzolla on Wednesday 24.

Mischa Maisky.


Mischa Maisky.

Andrej Grilc

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