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Schubert & Schumann: Piano & Lieder in Japan

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PONANT invites you to explore the Far East on a musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE and with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault

Duault, considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France, has chosen two composers,Schubert and Schumann, in his quest to find a sensory equivalent to this world suspended between water and sky.

Schubert for his delicate piano, quivering chamber music and the intense poetry of his Lieders; Schumann for his shadowy gardens, secrets and tender sensuality (which his clarinet scores relate so well), beautiful movements like ideograms of their piano cycles. They will be our guides to inner light embodied by five great artists: Italian pianist Maurizio Baglini (who recorded the works of Schumann for Decca); violinist Geneviève Laurenceau of the smouldering bow; cellist Silvia Chiesa, the sonorous Italian star; Pierre Génisson whose caressingly-soft clarinet sound is almost indecent; and mezzo-soprano Delphine Haidan of the warm tonal colours which embrace the poetry of Schubert and Schumann.

(7 concerts: 1 piano recital + 2 Lieder recitals + 2 chamber music concerts + 1 lecture-concert + 1 encore concert)

Maurizio Baglini

You will board the Le Soléal in Maizuru on May 17th, 2019 for a 9-day cruise to the heart of Japan, disembarking in Osaka on May 25th, 2019.

When your ship calls at Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who had lavish homes and castles built.

The Le Soléal will then take you to Busan, a warm and welcoming city where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the port. This ancient city full of contrasts presents numerous vestiges that speak of its prestigious past.

We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will also discover the small Japanese city of Tamano, a former feudal domain with a unique cultural heritage. Among its sites, you will be able to admire its famous Korakuen Garden, one of the country’s three must-see landscaped gardens.


You will end your cruise with the discovery of the most Japanese of metropolis, Osaka, a modern, industrial and cultural city that is entirely turned towards the future. This city has been the national centre for trade and industry since the reign of Emperor Nintoku.

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Schubert & Schumann: Piano & Lieder in Japan

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