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Annual Concert for the United Nations

Monday

24.10.2022

19:30 — Victoria Hall

programme

Tomáš Netopil
direction

Viktoria Mullova
violon

Dimitri Shostakovich

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in A minor op. 99

Modest Moussorgski

Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Maurice Ravel)


the music

Shostakovich’s Violin Concert No.1 was composed in 1947, but had to forego a long wait before it’s premiere by David Oïstrakh as Shostakovich himself was persecuted by the Soviet government, forced to deliver a self-confession in front of all his colleagues. For the record, this concerto occupies the entire plot of Alexis Ragougneau’s novel Opus 77; the story of an imaginary conductor in Geneva, conductor of… the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande! We follow his adventures and state of mind according to the five movements which form the structure of the work: Nocture, Scherzo, Passacaglia, Cadenza and Burlesque.

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibitionwere masterfully orchestrated be Ravel, and are indelibly linked to the history of the OSR: the Orchestra recorded the masterpieces three times with it’s founder, conductor Ernest Ansermet, in 1953, 1958 and 1959.



the venues

OSR Live

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JONATHAN NOTT

Conductor

Yvonne Naef

mezzo-soprano

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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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott

direction

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva