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Elective Affinities



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O



20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu

Series Lausanne

Grand Mécène


Pablo Heras-Casadoconductor

Alexei Volodinpiano

Richard Wagner
Parsifal, Prelude

Franz Liszt
Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in E Flat Major, S. 124

Richard Wagner
Parsifal, Good Friday Spell


Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 107, 'Reformation'

Approximately 1h45 including a 20-minute intermission

The music

Some programmes tell a story. This evening’s programme, though seemingly coincidental given its fundamental anti-Semitism, draws connections between Wagner and Mendelssohn. Both composers used the same seven mystical chords of the Dresden Amen, employed in religious services in Saxony by both Protestants and Catholics. Mendelssohn skillfully weaves them into his Symphony of the 'Reformation' composed for the 300th anniversary of the Augsbourg Confession, while Wagner adopts them as a leitmotif in Parsifal, his last opera, starting from the marvelous Prelude. Liszt, a close friend of both composers, delighted virtuosos with his Piano Concert No. 1 since its début in 1855. Its impactful martial theme instantly resonates in our ears, and the introduction of the triangle, a novelty in orchestras at that time, does not go unnoticed!

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 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