"Twice sold out on Friday December 27 and Sunday, December 29, 2013 for the New Year's Concert, presented by the Orchestre National de Lorraine under the direction of Alexander Negrin, a young conductor, born in Sydney to European parents and of Austrian training. The programme, eclectic but coordinated with intelligence, included works by Johann Strauss jun. ( Ouverture " The Gypsy Baron ", " Rosen aus dem Süden ", " Pizzicato -Polka ", " Kaiserwalzer " ), Richard Strauss ("Rosenkavalier - Walzerfolge " ) Gabriel Pierné ("Viennoise") , Florent Schmitt ( excerpt from "Reflets d'Allemagne"), Edward Elgar ("Mina" and "Sevillana") , Giuseppe Martucci ("Tarantella"), Max Reger ( " Valse d'amour" op. 130) and Erik Satie (Valse "Je te veux" in an orchestration by Roberto Benzi, who was present in the audience), all crowned by "The blue Danube " and a double execution of the inevitable "Radetzky March ".
Long ovations at the end of the concert were directed at the musicians of the Orchestre National de Lorraine, masterfully led by Alexander Negrin, a conductor constantly at ease, leading his musicians with a perfect musical consciousness. His precise gestures, light and elegant, allowed the orchestra to breathe all the while ensuring a progression of sound directly related to the special subtleties of the musical accents of these so-called light works. Impressive how the conductor managed to differentiate the orchestral colors (Richard Strauss!) and to cause the metric " delay " in the Viennese waltzes to vibrate. A radiant matinée that ends the musical year of Metz beautifully.