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Jul 9, 2009 09:51 AM

Ferran Adrià in Concert: A 35-course El Bulli tasting menu inspires a groundbreaking musical work.

This must be a first ( please correct me if I'm wrong! ):

" [ ... ] The occasion was the world premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s Le livre des illusions (hommage à Ferran Adrià) (The Book of Illusions: Homage to Ferran Adrià)—a 29-minute work inspired by a 35-course tasting menu the young French-born composer had enjoyed in 2007 at Adrià’s three-star establishment, El Bulli. "

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  1. Fascinating! Food and music do have many parallels, though I find contemporary cuisine easier to appreciate than contemporary music. Has a performance of Le livre des ilusions been recorded, and is it possible to hear at least bits of it?

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    1. re: pilinut

      Good question.

      This is the original concert's program:

      An interview ( in French ) with Mantovani in this page:

      The page above says the concert has been recorded by France Musique ( ) , however I couldn't find any reference in their website.

      1. re: RicRios

        Thank you! The links were very interesting: despite my imperfect French, I think I got a good idea of what the composer was trying to achieve as well as the iconoclasm that makes the work of both Adria and Mantovani possible. More than ever, I'd love to taste the fruits of their labors!