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Two Prominent Symphonists



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O

Grand Mécène



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series S



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series R


Vasily Petrenkoconductor

Kian Soltanicello

Serge Prokofiev
Sinfonia concertante, for cello and orchestra, Op. 125


Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Approximately 2 hours including a 20-minute intermission

The music

Prokofiev’s Cello Concert faced harsh negativity by Soviet critics in 1938 for its avant-garde tendencies. It underwent a significant rewrite transforming it fifteen years later into the less confrontational Sinfonia concertante, deliberately arranged for the young Rostropovich, who would champion it. The work was now less aggressive, and the cello became a soloist part. Brahms harbored a deep affection for Switzerland, viewing it a second homeland he explored for thirty years. Composing several works in our country, his First Symphony’sfinale unmistakably echoes a Ranz des vaches, likely inspired by his Alpine walks, just before the slightly transformed theme of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. But these are not the only charms of this piece; it embodies the quintessence of Brahms with its generosity and grandeur.

The venues

OSR Live

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony No.3 in F major op. 90

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 17 May 2018 at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Cerrito 628

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva