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Annual Concert for the UN



19:30 — Victoria Hall


Jonathan Nott

Dmitry Shishkin

György Ligeti
Apparitions, for orchestra

Claude Debussy
Nocturnes, symphonic triptyque, No. 2 Festivals

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem, for soprano, baryton, choir and orchestra Op. 48

the music

In Apparitions, György Ligeti radicalizes the serial technique by creating a world of extremely complex musical intertwining’s leading to a troubled and mysterious sound universe. Influenced by the seductive Nocturnes of the English painter Whistler, Debussy composed his Trois Nocturnes for orchestra, the second of which, Fêtes, describes a fantasized July 14, crossed by a chimerical and colorful procession. Presented in Dresden for the first European audition by our conductor Jonathan Nott, the Four Parables (Four Parables) by the American composer Paul Schoenfield, composed in 1982, has its eye on the side of parody, remembering George Gershwin above all as European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. This amusing medley of American popular music deals with four tragicomic miscellaneous events witnessed by the composer. We meet a quadriplegic murderer, an elderly man regretting his past youth, a young man who died of refusing medical care and two children who receive a dog as punishment, all in an irresistible jazzy style.

the venues

OSR Live

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Symphonie N° 5

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 16 February 2022 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva