Richard Strauss said of his Also sprach Zarathustra: “First movement: sunrise. Man feels the power of God”.
The impressive musical work is now part of our collective memory thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.

As a counterweight to so much cosmic violence, Schumann’s Cello Concerto brings solace, featuring the rising star Victor Julien-Laferrière (laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for cello).


Fabien Waksman Solar Storm (2009)
Robert Schumann • Cellokonzert in a-Moll, op. 129
Richard Strauss • Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30



Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

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Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello


First Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, as part of the first edition dedicated to cello, Victor Julien-Laferrière also won the First Prize and two special prizes at the 2012 Prague Spring International Competition.

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