clarinet & artist in residence
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major KV 622
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (version 1877)
Bruckner has now entered the OSR repertoire since the recording of his nine Symphonies under the direction of Marek Janowski. Also a great Brucknerian, Jonathan Nott has chosen Symphony No. 2 in C minor, one of the composer's most underrated, for this concert commemorating the bicentenary of his birth. It is however the first major achievement of Anton Bruckner. Composed ten years before his visit to Geneva where he will come to perform as an organist, this symphony bears the mark of the mourning of his beloved sister who lived with him and who leaves him "completely confused". The Adagio is one of the finest illustrations of Brucknerian meditation before a stormy finale revealing its violent inner conflicts. This Austrian concert will welcome our musician in residence, the clarinetist Martin Fröst, in the sublime Concerto in A major, one of Mozart's last works which exploits all the registers and the expressive possibilities of the instrument in a way unknown until then.