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Eternal love



11:00 — Victoria Hall


Orchestre de la Suisse RomandeOrchestre de la Haute école de musique de Genèveorchestra

Sascha Goetzelconductor

Sarkis Ohanessiannarrator

Serge Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet, Suites No. 1 & No. 2 (extracts)

Leonard Bernstein

Symphonic dances from West Side Story

The music

Composed in 1935-1936 upon Prokofiev's return to the USSR, the ballet Romeo and Juliet is one of the Russian composer's best inspirations.
The Orchestral Suites condense the most famous episodes of the ballet. Prokofiev gives his best in these powerfully evocative pages with a lush orchestra that plays admirably with contrasts and opposing tensions.

Just over twenty years after Prokofiev, Leonard Bernstein and his librettist Stephen Sondheim tackle the same subject, transposing the story to the contemporary period. 
The symphonic dances from West Side Story for large orchestra were composed in the same year as the film of his legendary musical of the same name.
Between the jazzy and latin rhythms and the passionate melodies evoking the impossible loves of this modern Romeo and Juliet, this suite of dances will take you to the heart of a New York neighbourhood in the 1950s and will not leave you indifferent.
A colourful journey between energy and emotion!

Educational file available on request

The venues

OSR Live

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 6 'Pastoral'

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 26 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva