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Annual Concert for the United Nations organisations



18:30 — Victoria Hall


Oksana Lyniv

Samuel Barber

Adagio for strings

Antonín Dvořák

Symphony No 9 in E minor op. 95, ‘from the New World’

the music

Eschewing the development of new forms in Western music, Samuel Barber turned to traditional harmonies and forms. On the advice of Arturo Toscanini, he arranged a movement of his String Quartet in B minor into the Adagio for Strings. The work gained well-deserved fame, eventually overshadowing the original work.

The son of immigrants of Lithuanian origin, Aaron Copland is a perfect example of someone integrated into his new homeland while at the same time fostering a link between Europe and North America through his studies in Paris and New York. Written for the "king of swing", Benny Goodman, his now famous Clarinet Concerto blends various musical styles through his great writing skill.

In his Symphony 'from the New World' , Antonín Dvořák expresses a palpable sense of attraction for this new country, as seen through the eyes of Europeans at the end of the 19th century.

the venues

OSR Live

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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

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva