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Orchestre Métropolitain


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    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version, Ed. L. Nowak): II. Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio. Schnell - Anton Bruckner , Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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    Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: No. 2. Sunday Morning - Benjamin Britten , Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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    Les pêcheurs de perles, WD 13 / Act 1: "C'était le soir" ... "Au fond du temple saint" - Georges Bizet , Rolando Villazón , Ildar Abdrazakov , Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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    L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Voglio dire" - Gaetano Donizetti , Rolando Villazón , Ildar Abdrazakov , Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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    Don Pasquale / Act 1: "Sogno soave e casto mi fa il destin mendico" - Gaetano Donizetti , Rolando Villazón , Ildar Abdrazakov , Yannick Nézet-Séguin
The Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal is a relatively new, moderately sized Canadian orchestra that performs classical as well as crossover repertory.
Founded in 1981, the Orchestre Métropolitain, as it is now called, consists of about 65 members who perform approximately 70 concerts a year before audiences averaging 3,000. The Orchestre Métropolitain is quite different from most other orchestras in its audience-friendly approach: a speaker introduces the artists and music before each concert, and the conductor then often adds further commentary. From its somewhat modest beginnings, it has given much attention to contemporary music, premiering many important large works, including Hiver dans l'âme by André Prévost (1986) and Siddhartha by Claude Vivier (1987). It also performs regularly for productions of the Opéra Montréal and has made a number of recordings for such labels as Atma Classique and Centrediscs.
In 1979 a precursor ensemble consisting of 55 musicians, the Orchestre Variations, was founded by four musicians, including Marc Bélanger, the ensemble's conductor. Two years later the ensemble was renamed the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal (and later, Orchestre Métropolitain). It was also enlarged to over 60 players, but gave relatively few concerts, using such venues as Île Notre-Dame and Maurice-Richard Arena.
In 1985 the orchestra presented its first regular season of concerts from a new home, the Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts. In 1986 Bélanger was succeeded as music director by Agnès Grossmann, and the Orchestre Métropolitain choir also formed. The OM also began commissioning works: John Rea's Over Time was premiered in 1987 and led the way to further successful commissions.
Joseph Rescigno succeeded Grossman in 1995, serving as artistic director until 2000. Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the fourth conductor to head the orchestra and still holds the post of artistic director. Under Nézet-Séguin's leadership the orchestra's reputation has grown, not least because of its success on records. The Nézet-Séguin/OM 2002 recording of Nino Rota's La Strada and Weill's Symphony No. 2 was highly acclaimed and the first of many on the Atma Classique label. Conductor and ensemble have consistently accrued prestigious awards, too, including three Opus Awards in 2005, given by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Nézet-Séguin was also then named performer of the year. The Orchestre Métropolitain's later recordings include the 2009 Bruckner Symphony No. 9, with Nézet-Séguin conducting, on Atma Classique.


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