Article in French.
Approaching the piano on the stage of the Ranelagh Theatre on this night of December 2019, Pascal Amoyel admits that he doesn’t usually addresses the audience before a show but that this night was special: he would perform the Pathetique sonata for the 300th time. 300 different interpretations. A 300th time that projects him back to his Conservatory years where he was “formatted”: “Schubert is performed this way and Beethoven that way, don’t look elsewhere, we found for you”. And then the competitions in these gigantic concert halls, empty, with only the jury in the first raw and the teachers in the second raw for audience. And this first time he heard the Pathetique perfromed by a musician who looked so sad that it stopped him: “I don’t want to become like him”. It was in a park that everything became different. He heard this melody that he didn’t recognize, that moved him! It was Opus 111 but he didn’t know it yet. Was it Beethoven? Only one way to know: explore his works.
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