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Concert of the city of Geneva

Sunday

12.02.2023

11:00 — Victoria Hall

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Nathalia Milstein
piano

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 55, 'Eroica'


the music

The evening concert presents two epic works sadly misunderstood at their premieres. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor was rejected by its dedicatee, who considered it fit for the rubbish, but it quickly became a mainstay of the concert & competition repertoire around the world.

We know the anecdote: disappointed by Bonaparte who became Napoleon I, Beethoven tore up the dedication in his honour. From then on, his Eroica Symphony celebrated the greatness of a hypothetical great man while opening the great double doors to Romanticism in music. But how hard it is to be understood as a pioneer! The work was initially deemed to be dull, endless and disjointed...



the venues

OSR Live

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva