5th annual Piano Festival at Sea

11 days / 10 nights
    Music
    5th annual Piano Festival at Sea

    Cruise Northern Europe, The Mediterranean

    from 18 April 2020 to 28 April 2020
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Dakar
    Arrival Port : Lisbon

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    • Ref : U180420

    In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE

    From Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal, set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a musical cruise between Spain, Cape Verde and Portugal. A circuit in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault.

    This PONANT itinerary will enable you to discover several UNESCO World Heritage treasures over 11 days during unforgettable ports of call, with all this punctuated by recitals performed on board by exceptional pianists.

    Your voyage will start with a port of call in Santiago, the most populated and also the most African island of Cape Verde. Further to the north, you will reach São Vicente and visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of the archipelago, the birthplace of the famous singer of morna, Cesaria Évora.

    Your ship will then drop anchor at Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria. Do not miss the chance to wander through the streets of the historic district of Vegueta, rich in architectural treasures including the Santa Ana cathedral.

    Then admire the volcanic landscapes that are so typical of Lanzarote before sailing to Madeira, the island of the eternal spring. The lively streets of Funchal, its old district, as well as its magnificent botanical garden located on the heights of the town will not fail to delight you.

    Your journey around the Atlantic will conclude with a visit to Lisbon. This city with its nostalgic charm has a unique personality, a blend of tramways, museums and listed buildings.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise in partnership avec RADIO CLASSIQUE, combining an exceptional musical line-up and cultural programme, in the presence of Alain Duault.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago); The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower in Lisbon.
    • The varied landscapes of three exceptional archipelagos: Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
    • The town of Mindelo in Cape Verde with its elegant buildings influenced by its British and Portuguese colonial heritage.
    • Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to visit Dakar in Senegal and Goree Island, the memorial to the slave trade.
    • After disembarking, you will have the possibility of visiting Lisbon, the Portuguese capital and its rich cultural offering.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $14,690
      $7,740
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    • Prestige Deck 4
      $16,510
      $8,650
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    • Prestige Deck 5
      $17,350
      $9,070
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      $18,230
      $9,510
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      $25,710
      $13,250
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      $25,710
      $13,250
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      $13,250
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      $35,110
      $17,950
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      $18,840
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      $38,750
      $19,770
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    LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

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    LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    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 fourth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville 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

    18 April 2020 – At sea

    Dakar

    Embarkation 18/04/2020 from 14H00 to 16H00 . Departure 18/04/2020 at 18H00 .

    On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.

    19 April 2020 – At sea

    19 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 19/04/2020. Departure 19/04/2020.

    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.

    20 April 2020 – Praia

    20 April 2020 – Praia

    Arrival 20/04/2020 early morning. Departure 20/04/2020 late afternoon.

    The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.

    21 April 2020 – Mindelo

    21 April 2020 – Mindelo

    Arrival 21/04/2020 early morning. Departure 21/04/2020 late afternoon.

    Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

    22 April 2020▸23 April 2020 – At sea

    22 April 2020▸23 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 22/04/2020. Departure 23/04/2020.

    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.

    24 April 2020 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

    24 April 2020 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

    Arrival 24/04/2020 late morning. Departure 24/04/2020 early evening.

    A stopover of sunny climes, Las Palmas is located on the north-east coast of Gran Canaria. A few streets away from Puerto de la Luz port, you’ll discover the vast Las Canteras beach, bordered with the town’s characteristic palms. You’ll find these palms are all over Las Palmas, in the streets and squares, especially on the plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the historical district. It feels like you’ve travelled back in time here, as you stand looking at the tall houses beside the Santa Ana cathedral. Very close by, you can visit the  Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to the famous explorer. The museum is housed in the palace belonging to the island’s former governor. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to the covered Vegueta market to partake in some daily life along with the locals and taste some unfamiliar dishes.

    25 April 2020 – Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary Islands

    25 April 2020 – Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary Islands

    Arrival 25/04/2020 early morning. Departure 25/04/2020 early afternoon.

    Established on a coast sprinkled with cliffs, Arrecife has a pleasant beach and a lagoon full of charm, Charca of San Ginés, where the fishermen anchor their boats. The city also proposes places fed by history and culture, such as the castle San Gabriel, former fort of defense of the city.

    26 April 2020 – Funchal, Madeira

    26 April 2020 – Funchal, Madeira

    Arrival 26/04/2020 midday. Departure 26/04/2020 late afternoon.

    This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-coloured mosaics. If you follow these patterns, they’ll lead you to the appetising Mercado dos Lavradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas museum, and the golden panelling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira's cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.

    27 April 2020 – At sea

    27 April 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 27/04/2020. Departure 27/04/2020.

    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.

    28 April 2020▸27 April 2020 – Lisbon

    Lisbon

    Disembarkation 28/04/2020 at 09H00 .

    Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Cabo Verde: no visa is necessary for entry and exit by sea.

    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 

    Pascal Amoyel

    Pascal Amoyel

    Pascal Amoyel’s recording of the complete Nocturnes of Chopin by Pascal Amoyel has been awarded by the Warszawa Fryderyk Chopin Society within the context of the International Record Competition - Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin 2010.

    In September 2009, the magazine Classica-Le Monde de la musique has considered his recording of the Funérailles (Franz Liszt) as one of the 5 best ever.

    Voted “Solo Instrumental Discovery of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005, Pascal Amoyel has established himself over the past few years as a significant personality on the musical scene.

    As a teenager he was profoundly influenced by his encounter with György Cziffra, with whom he studied in France and Hungary for several years.

    After receiving a Licence de Concert from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, he was awarded Premiers Prix in piano and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in the same city. He was awarded scholarships by the Menuhin and Cziffra Foundations, then won first prize in the Paris International competition for Young Pianists.

    He improved his work with Lazar Berman, Aldo Ciccolini, Pierre Sancan, Daniel Blumenthal, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Charles Rosen…

    He appears as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra in Europe –Berlin Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam…- the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan and Korea, playing with the National Orchestras of Lille, Montpellier, the Bulgarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Moscow state ’ Symphonic Orchestra, Wuhan Symphonic Orchestra…

    With Emmanuelle Bertrand, he has explored both little-known and mainstream repertoire. They premiered Le Block 15, directed by Jean Piat, which recreates the story of two musicians saved by music during the Second World War, a successful show. Pascal Amoyel also created The pianist with 50 fingers, a tribute to his master György Cziffra, a triumphant success in Paris and Avignon. Recently, he created the musical show “The day I Met Franz Liszt”.

    His recordings as a duet with Emmanuelle Bertrand or as a soloist have received the most prestigious accolades, including the Cannes Classical Award, Diapason d’Or of the year, 10 de Répertoire-Classica, Choc du Monde de la Musique and ffff de Télérama…

    Pascal Amoyel is also a composer, laureate 2010 of the Banque Populaire Foundation. Some of his works have been recorded by Emmanuelle Bertrand.

    He use to work with Olivier Greif, and several works have been dedicated to him, including El Khoury’s Third Sonata and Lemeland’s Piano Concerto.

    Appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Pascal Amoyel is the artistic director of the festival Notes d’Automne, a meeting between Music and Literature, in Le Perreux sur Marne.

    Language spoken : French 

     

    Photo Crédit : Jean Philippe Voidet

     

    Gilles Blandin

    Gilles Blandin

    Having been a jazz and piano lover since his childhood, Gilles Blandin started his career in Paris, where he learnt from various masters, among which Claude Bolling and Aaron Bridgers (who was taught by Art Tatum and was one of Duke Ellington’s closest friends).

    In 1988, he settled in Brittany, his native region, where he became the ambassador of Jazz Swing, and, in parallel, the French representative and specialist of Blues and Boogie-Woogie.

    Either playing as a solo player or together with some fellow musicans, his vitality, the skillfullness of his piano playing, the great inspiration of his personal compositions, and the eclectic quality of his repertoire, all play essential parts in the success of his performances.

    Language spoken : français

     

    Photo credit : Christian Delamaire

    Nicholas Angelich

    Nicholas Angelich

    Born in the United States in 1970, Nicholas Angelich began studying the piano at five with his mother. At the age of seven, he gave his first concert with Mozart’s Concerto K. 467. He entered at 13 the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod, Michel Beroff and Marie‑Françoise Bucquet. He won the First Prize for piano and chamber music.

    Nicholas Angelich followed master-classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Maria Joao Pires. In 1989 he won the Second Prize of the International Piano Competition R. Casadesus in Cleveland and in 1994 the First Prize of the International Piano Competition Gina Bachauer. In 1996 he was invited as a resident of the International Piano Foundation of Cadennabia (Italy). In 2002 he received the “International Klavierfestival Ruhr – Young Talent Award” (Germany) from Leon Fleischer where he performed in June 2003. At the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2013, he received the Victoire of the “Instrumental Soloist of the Year”.

    He made his debuts in May 2003 with the New-York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at the Lincoln Center in New-York. Valdimir Jurowski invited him to open with him the 2007/08 season of the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow.

    He also performed with the Orchestre National de France under Marc Minkowski, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Paavo Järvi and Krzysztof Urbanski, Orchestre National de Lyon and David Robertson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Kenneth Montgomery, Saint-Petersbourg Symphony under Alexandre Dimitriev, Strasbourg and Montpellier orchestras, Toulouse Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden in Amsterdam and Yannick Nezet-Sequin in San Sebastian, the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne and Christian Zacharias, the SWR Baden-Baden orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmoniker under Michael Sanderling, the Francfort Radio orchestra under Hugh Wolff and Paavo Jarvi, the Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, the Tonkünstler Orchester and K. Järvi, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and Roger Norrington, the Montreal Symphony, Atlanta Symphony under E. Krivine, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic under M.-W. Chung, the London Philharmonic under Kazuchi Ono and Vladimir Jurowski, the London Symphony and David Afkham, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the Los Angeles Symphony with Stephane Denève, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Y. Nezet-Seguin, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev ; as well as recitals in London, Munich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rome, Lisbon, Brescia, Tokyo, Paris. He is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival and Martha Argerich’s festival in Lugano. He made his debuts at the BBC Proms in July 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Y. Nezet-Seguin.

    Great interpreter of classic and romantic repertoire, Nicholas Angelich played all Beethoven Sonatas and Liszt’s Années de Pélerinage in different countries. He is also very interested in 20th century music such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovitsh, Bartok, Ravel, as well as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Eric Tanguy, Bruno Mantovani, Baptiste Trotignon (Different Spaces/Naïve CD), and Pierre Henry, who dedicated to him the « Concerto for piano without orchestra ».

    Always enthusiastic about playing chamber music, his partners are Martha Argerich, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Maxim Vengerov, Akiko Suwanai, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jian Wang, Paul Meyer, the Ysaye, Prazak, Pavel Haas, Modigliani, and Ebène Quartets.

    Languages spoken : French, English

     

    Photo credit: Jean François Leclercq

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