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From the Thames to the Volga

Sunday

17.10.2021

11:00 — Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

musique sur rhône

programme

Jean-Pierre Berry
French horn

Olivier Bombrun
Stephen Jeandheur
Trumpet

Matteo de Luca
Trombone

Ross Knight
Tuba

Malcolm Arnold

Brass Quintet N° 1 op. 73

Victor Ewald

Brass Quintets :
No 1 en B flat minor op. 5
No 2 en E flat major op. 6 (2nd movement : Tema con variazioni)

Dimitri Chostakovitch

Arrangements for jazz quintet:
Suite No 2 for jazz orchestra, Waltz (II)
Suite No 1 for jazz orchestra

The Bolt, ballet op. 27, Satirical dance

The Golden Age, Polka, op.22A


the music

Who hasn't whistled the theme from the film Bridge on the River Kwai? Its British author, Malcolm Arnold, was the principal trumpeter of the London Philharmonic Orchestra before devoting himself exclusively to composition. His music is accessible and popular, combining jazz, folk and popular music. This well-known Brass Quintet, composed in 1921, is considered the beginning of the two-trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba (or bass trombone) formation, with a virtuoso part for the latter.

Born on the banks of the Neva in St. Petersburg, Victor Ewald was an engineer by profession, and practised music in circles of enlightened amateurs, as was common in tsarist Russia. He wrote four brass quintets with themes inspired by Russian folklore.

Finally, we hear the satirical and scathing side to Shostakovich in these arrangements for brass quintet, including his Suites for jazz orchestra and extracts from his ballets The Bolt and The Golden Age.



OSR Live

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 6 'Pastoral'

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 26 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva