Gargantua et autres fantaisies

Published on: March 13th, 2016

C. Saint-Saëns : Prélude, extrait du Déluge, op. 45
G. Fauré :
Nocturne, extrait du Shylock, op. 57
J. Françaix:
The Inestimable Chronicles of the Good Giant Gargantua

Mathieu Lussier, guest conductor
Claude Prégent, comedian-narrator

In its latest collaboration with the Blue Metropolis Foundation, I Musici offers you the rare opportunity to hear The Inestimable Chronicles of the Good Giant Gargantua for narrator and strings by that worthy heir to the impressionists, Jean Françaix (1912-1997). With its 40 twist-filled minutes, this delicious slice of Romanesque musical is set to be the centrepiece of a program dedicated to French literature and music. “By putting these extracts from Gargantua to music, I hope to spark an interest in reading Rabelais,” said Françaix. We’re willing to bet that after hearing it, you won’t be able to resist the temptation…

In collaboration with the Blue Met Festival.

Photo credits: Marc-Antoine Zoueki