Chopin and the Music of Spain

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    Chopin and the Music of Spain

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 26 October 2018 to 2 November 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Civitavecchia (Roma)
    Arrival Port : Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R261018

    In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE

    PONANT invites you to experience a musical cruise on the Mediterranean, run in partnership with Radio Classique.  

    For 8 days, Le Lapérouse will sail along the Italian coast and the shores of Spain via Corsica and the Balearic Islands. Under the leadership of Alain Duault, this cruise will pay tribute to Chopin.  

    You will call at the ‘Isle of Beauty’ to discover Bonifacio, its upper part and its cliffs that tower above the sea.  

    The ship will sail to the Balearic Islands and make a first stop in Menorca. The gigantic proportions of Mahon’s natural harbour will astonish you. Along the streets lined with colourful houses, you will discover the Santa Maria Church and its monumental organ.

    You will sail to Majorca in the wake of Chopin and George Sand, to discover the Valldemossa Charterhouse, where they both stayed.

    After calling in Barcelona, Le Lapérouse will once again make its way to the Italian coast. At Marina di Carrara, famous for its white marble, you will be able to admire the Ducal Palace and its 16th century dome.

    Experience a prelude to the sea aboard Le Lapérouse!

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    Highlights

    • A musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with special guest Alain Duault for a tribute to Chopin;
    • An opportunity to discover or rediscover Rome from Civitavecchia, the embarkation and disembarkation port for this cruise;
    • Visiting Barcelona, its monuments and Gaudì's creations, listed with UNESCO;
    • Discovering the Balearic Islands and, in Palma, the Valldemossa Charterhouse, where the two lovers,Frederic Chopin and George Sand, once stayed;
    • Two new ports of call: Mahon Port in Minorca and Marina di Carrara, not far from the famous marble quarries.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$9,180
      AU$4,850
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    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      AU$9,760
      AU$5,140
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      AU$10,060
      AU$5,290
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$10,380
      AU$5,450
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      AU$14,180
      AU$7,350
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$14,180
      AU$7,350
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      AU$14,180
      AU$7,350
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$14,180
      AU$7,350
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      AU$20,580
      AU$10,550
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      AU$21,220
      AU$10,870
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      AU$21,860
      AU$11,190
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      AU$21,860
      AU$11,190
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$22,540
      AU$11,530
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$22,540
      AU$11,530
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    • Owner's Suite
      AU$23,240
      AU$11,880
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    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    26 October 2018 – Bonifacio, Corsica

    Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Embarkation 26/10/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 26/10/2018 at 18H00 .

    Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

    27 October 2018 – Bonifacio, Corsica

    27 October 2018 – Bonifacio, Corsica

    Arrival 27/10/2018 late morning. Departure 27/10/2018 late afternoon.

    The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

    28 October 2018 – Mahon, Balearic Islands

    28 October 2018 – Mahon, Balearic Islands

    Arrival 28/10/2018 early afternoon. Departure 28/10/2018 evening.

    You will be welcomed by the colourful houses of Mahon, its narrow streets and pretty squares that appear as you stroll around this richly contrasting city. Mahon reveals its different neighbourhoods, alternating between monuments, villas and white buildings. Discover the Santa Maria church, a building of neo-gothic inspiration, rebuilt in the 18th Century. It is worth a visit to see its monumental organ with more than 3,000 pipes and four keyboards. Around the Carmen church you will find a local market, full of stands selling avarcas, typical Menorcan sandals originally made by peasants. Let yourself fall under the spell of this Mediterranean treasure.

    29 October 2018 – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

    29 October 2018 – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

    Arrival 29/10/2018 early morning. Departure 29/10/2018 late afternoon.

    Palma de Mallorca will reveal its many treasures: idyllic coves, majestic limestone cliffs that plunge into the clear sapphire- and turquoise-coloured waters of the Mediterranean, and vast plains planted with almond trees, olive trees and vineyards. When your ship calls at the capital of the Balearic Islands, take a walk to discover its emblematic monuments, such as its famous cathedral, and amble through its old streets. Here, like a painting, the island’s historical heritage forms a backdrop to the lively and warm cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Mediterranean.  

    30 October 2018 – Barcelona

    30 October 2018 – Barcelona

    Arrival 30/10/2018 early morning. Departure 30/10/2018 late afternoon.

    Located on the seashore between the mountains of Montjuïc and Tibidabo, Barcelona offers its many visitors a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Truly an open-air museum, the “prodigious town” reveals an astonishing range of artistic treasures and museums, combining Roman ruins, medieval districts and a number of avant-garde elements from the 20th Century. Over the years, it has been marked by some of the greatest artists, such as Picasso, Miró or Gaudí, most of whose work has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Take the time to stroll along the Ramblas and enjoy the gentle, typically Mediterranean lifestyle of the capital of Catalonia.

    31 October 2018 – At sea

    31 October 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 31/10/2018. Departure 31/10/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    1 November 2018 – Marina di Carrara

    1 November 2018 – Marina di Carrara

    Arrival 01/11/2018 early morning. Departure 01/11/2018 late afternoon.

    Marina di Carrara is a seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian Coast, which enjoys a temperate climate year round. It is also the port from which the marble from the nearby Carrara quarries is exported. This extremely pure, very white and very fine-grained marble has been used for sculpture and architecture since Roman antiquity.  It was used to create some of the most stunning masterpieces from the Renaissance period, such as the statue of David by Michelangelo, who would travel to Carrara to choose his own blocks. Don’t miss the visit to the fascinating marble museum and to the actual quarries, where you will be able to admire the titanic landscape shaped by the extraction of the enormous blocks of marble.

    2 November 2018▸1 November 2018 – Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Disembarkation 02/11/2018 at 07H00 .

    Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Musical cruise with Radio Classique

    Musical cruise with Radio Classique

    Chopin and the music of Spain

    Chopin went to Mallorca in search of happiness: he brought back works that bring us all happiness and which we will be hearing on this cruise. These musical masterpieces from Spain in turn nourish new reveries - and lead us back to Chopin!

    Welcome aboard Le Lapérouse in the company of Alain Duault and talented artists.

     

    Alain Duault: Artistic director, French lecturer

    Valentine Lemercier: Mezzo-soprano

    Marianne Piketty: Violinist

    Emmanuel Rossfelder: Guitarist

    Yves Henry: Pianist

    Theme

    MUSIC

    MUSIC

    Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.

    A waterborne musical journey

    Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.

    These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.

    An exceptional selection of artists*

    Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.

    According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.

    Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.

     

    *See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Alain Duault

    Alain Duault

    The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

    Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots until 2018. A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d’Orange festival…).

    In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows:  Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.

    Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Éditeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017); Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016). Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique 

    Yves Henry

    Yves Henry

    Born 1959, Yves Henry studied piano with Pierre Sançan at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he achieved no fewer than seven First Prizes. He then worked for three years with Aldo Ciccolini before winning the first Robert Schumann International Competition Grand Prix in Zwickau which launched his career.  

    Chopin occupies a prominent place in the life of Yves Henry, who is also a Schumann specialist. Member of the Chopin Institute in Warsaw’s programme committee for the Chopin Bicentenary in 2010, he received the ‘Gloria Artis’ award from the Polish state for his contribution to the Year of Chopin in France. He also produced a book/CD entitled Les Étés de Frédéric Chopin à Nohant and in January 2011 succeeded Alain Duault as President of the Nohant Festival Chopin, having been its artistic director for 15 years.

    From his recent discography we should mention his Liszt recital in 2011; a two-CD box set in 2014 dedicated to re-enacting Chopin’s last concert in Paris (Choix France Musique), followed in 2015 by a Liszt/Schumann/Chopin recording on Erard 1844 and Pleyel 1837 pianos. In 2017, his Orchestral Piano Works album, including his own transcriptions, appeared in the autumn in a four-CD box set presenting all the works of Chopin composed in Nohant. In 2018 he produced a Debussy CD in Japan and in 2019 will record all Chopin’s Mazurkas on a piano from that era (Pleyel 1837) and a CD dedicated to Robert and Clara Schumann.

    A renowned instructor, Yves Henry teaches at the CNSM in Paris and is regularly invited to hold Master Classes at universities in the USA, Japan and China. He is on numerous international competition juries (World Piano Master in Monte-Carlo, Dvorak Piano Competition, Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, the Kawai International Competition in Tokyo) and is an honorary member of the Japan Piano Teachers Association.

    In January 2010, Yves Henry was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Valentine Lemercier

    Valentine Lemercier

    After the Opéra Junior in Montpellier and the Music Conservatory in San Francisco (classroom of Catherine Cook, masterclasses led by Danielle De Niese and Viorica Cortez), Valentine Lemercier improved with Chantal Bastide and Michèle Voisinet (with whom she performs in recital) and at the CNIPAL in Marseille in 2013-2014, after having won the Young Talent Prize of the 2013 Béziers national singing competition.
     
    Since then she has been invited at the Toulon, Lyon, Avignon, Tours, Montpellier and Saint-Etienne Operas, as well as at the Marseille Odéon Theater, the Chorégies d'Orange Festival, the Fabrique Opera in Avignon, in parts like Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Flora (La Traviata), Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Marguerite (Jeanne au bûcher), Oreste (La belle Hélène), Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Rosine (Un Barbier, young public version), Tisbé (La Cenerentola), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Drogan (Geneviève de Brabant), the 3rd cousin (La Périchole), Mercédès and the title-part of Carmen (Carmen), 3. Magd (Elektra), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Mlle Dangeville (Adriana Lecouvreur), Pantalis (Mefistofeles), etc.
     
    On concert stages, she performed with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra; the Radio-France Philharmonic Orchestra at Paris Philharmonie (cond. Mikko Franck), at Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the series of Les Grandes Voix, at the Roman Theatre of Orange for Musiques en Fêtes annual TV show.

    Among her projects: Adalgisa (Norma) with Opéra Côté Chœur; Mercédès at Paris National Opéra; Lucia di Lammermoor at Monte-Carlo Opéra; Mlle Dangeville at Marseille Opéra as well as numerous concerts.

    Language spoken: French


     
    Photo credit: Anais Photo Graphique

    Emmanuel Rossfelder

    Emmanuel Rossfelder

    Emmanuel Rossfelder began studying guitar at the age of five. When he turned fourteen, he won the Gold Medal at the Conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence. He was one of the lucky few to be chosen to study with Alexandre Lagoya at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, in Paris.

    Recognised as a rising star of concert performance, Emmanuel has received prizes from the Natexis foundation, « Discovery » Classica, and « Classical révélations » awarded by Adami. In 2004 he won the prestigious « Instrumental Soloist of the Year » prize.

    Emmanuel’s real passion has always been gaining proximity with his audiences and providing listeners with the opportunity to discover the range and capacity of the guitar.

    Emmanuel Rossfelder has recorded 8 CDs, exploring his instrument’s repertoire and various original transcriptions. His latest recording « Virtuoso », is devoted to highly virtuoso works for solo guitar as well as bold works by Paganini.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Xavibes

    Marianne Piketty

    Marianne Piketty

    From Bach to Piazzolla, the Baroque decline to contemporary composition, violinist Marianne Piketty’s career is as dynamic as she is versatile, with appearances as a soloist, head of an ensemble and numerous chamber music projects. A graduate of the renowned Paris conservatoire (CNSM), and New York’s Juilliard School, she is an heir to the classical violin tradition having trained with great masters such as Itzhak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin.

    In 2013, Marianne Piketty formed Le Concert Idéal, a balanced ensemble of young soloists and chamber musicians who pool their resources to explore music from every angle, through time and space and their relationships with literature, theatre and dance.  

    A major and very charismatic artist, Marianne Piketty stands out for her extraordinary willingness to explore new avenues and perform with others, always keen to share her passion and encourage a collective spirit.

    Precision, standards and surpassing yourself are the guiding principles for this violinist who practises her instrument at the double, pacing herself like an athlete. Marianne Piketty plays a Carlo Tononi Venetian violin dated 1685.

    Languages spoken : French, English

     

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    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      25/10/2018 – Rome, on your own (1 night)

      540.00 AU$ **

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      26/10/2018 – Transfer from Rome city centre (Piazza Navona) to the port of Civitavecchia

      70.00 AU$ **

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      26/10/2018 – Gourmet break en route to the port

      150.00 AU$ **

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    2. After your cruise

      02/11/2018 – Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome Fiumicino Airport

      55.00 AU$ **

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    3. During your cruise

      30/10/2018 – Gaudi tour (1 day)

      115.00 AU$ **

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