Close your eyes
... and listen!
Lifelong friends Jean-Philippe Collard and Patrick Poivre d'Arvor have agreed to meet on stage to celebrate Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Sharing a passion for a music that is so close to the spoken word, they string together and release words and notes in which never-ending games of love are reflected.
In his Anthologie de la poésie française de la Renaissance à nos jours ("Anthology of French verse from the Renaissance to the present day"), Patrick Poivre d'Arvor has selected works that convey that unspeakable love.
For this musical performance, he chose to read the most profound and intimate of these works himself, as a counterpoint to Chopin, whose real homeland, according to Heine, is "the enchanted kingdom of poetry". Through the verse of Ronsard, Apollinaire, Verlaine or Eluard, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor shares his emotions, far from historical accounts, retaining only timeless thoughts, recalling feverish impulses and recounting dreams and separations.
Within ten scenes, be it a waltz, prelude, nocturne or sonata, Jean-Philippe Collard embraces these masterpiece offerings in a new dialogue where Chopin's music, which "soothes and unsettles", as Vladimir Jankélévitch put it, keeps us in a "state of poetic inebriation".