• Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renaud Capuçon, Martha Argerich and the London Philharmonic Orchestra gather for this magnificent international festival
• The world famous Mariinsky Orchestra plays Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 4
• Les Musiciens du Louvre perform the St John Passion on Good Friday
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Depart London Heathrow 1305 on British Airways, arriving Marseille 1600. Transfer to the Grand Hôtel Roi René, Aix-en-Provence, for six nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by orientation walking tour of Aix. Afternoon visit to the Caumont Centre d’Art followed by some free time and independent dinner. Evening performance at Grand Théâtre de Provence featuring Orchestre du Mariinsky with Valery Gergiev (conductor) and Denis Matsuev (piano): Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor, Op 40; Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40.
Good Friday Morning: private piano recital with Emilie Capulet (details subject to confirmation). Afternoon: scenic drive along the ‘Route Cézanne’ to locations where Cézanne painted the Sainte Victoire Mountain and visit to Atelier Cézanne. Evening performance at Grand Théâtre de Provence featuring Les Musiciens du Louvre (orchestra and choir) with Marc Minkowski (conductor): J S Bach St John Passion.
Morning lecture followed by visits to the Musée Estienne de Saint Jean and Musée des Tapisseries. Free afternoon. Evening performance at Grand Théâtre de Provence featuring Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Martha Argerich (piano): Schumann Sonata No 2 in D minor, Op 121; Beethoven Sonata No 9, Op 47; and Franck Sonata in A major, FWV 8.
Easter Sunday Free morning with option to attend Easter Sunday service at Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. Afternoon lecture followed by visit to Musée Granet. Evening performance at Grand Théâtre de Provence featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) and friends: Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op 9, No 3, String Quartet No 10 in E flat major, Op 74 ‘Harp Quartet’; Widmann String Quartet No 6, ‘Study on Beethoven’.
Morning visit to Chateau la Coste (guided tour and wine tasting). Afternoon: some free time followed by lecture. Evening performance at Grand Théâtre de Provence featuring London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (conductor): Mahler Symphony No 9.
Transfer to Marseille for 1055 departure, arriving Heathrow 1200.
8 Apr — 14 Apr 2020
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- ACE customer on 2019 Festival de Pâques tour
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour is not particularly strenuous however please note that many of our visits in Aix will be made on foot. Participants should be comfortable spending between one and two hours on their feet, sometimes over uneven terrain. A significant amount of walking is also involved during our visits along the Route Cézanne and to Chateau la Coste.
Own flight reduction: £175
Cost of £2695 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £410.
TOUR CODE: FPAQ20