The new composition, MGV or Musique Grande Vitesse, will be premiered by the Orchestre National de Lille and the Michael Nyman Band under the baton of Jean-Claude Casadesus. But the icing is off the cake. 'We're very disappointed,' says festival communications director Olivier Celarie. 'Naturally we thought this would coincide with the opening of the tunnel.'
At least he didn't have the problem of commissioning something appropriate for this side of the tunnel. The Lille concert also features the premiere of Nyman's Piano Concerto, based on music composed for the film The Piano, with Kathryn Stott as soloist. She records the work, at short notice, in a few weeks' time, with the Argo division of Decca attempting to cash in on the success of The Piano. No shortage of grande vitesse there.Reuse content