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Orchestral Celebration



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O




20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu

Series Lausanne

Grand Mécène


Jonathan Nott

Dmitry Shishkin

Hector Berlioz
Benvenuto Cellini, overture

Paul Schoenfield
Four Parables, for piano and orchestra

Igor Stravinski
A Card Game, ballet in three deals

Maurice Ravel
La Valse, a choreographic poem for orchestra

the music

Presented in Dresden for the first time in Europe by Jonathan Nott, the Four Parables by the American composer Paul Schoenfield, composed in 1982, have their sights set on the side of parody, remembering George Gershwin above all as European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. This amusing potpourri of American popular music deals with four miscellaneous tragicomic events witnessed by the composer. We meet a quadriplegic murderer, an elderly man regretting his past youth, a young man who died of refusing medical care and two children who received a dog as punishment, all in an irresistible jazzy style. Parody and humor are also on the program of Jeu de cartes, the ballet that Stravinsky wrote in his neo-classical period for the dancer and choreographer George Balanchine. We can have fun spotting all the models attributed to the composer twisting his neck throughout his pleasant score. The two works will be selected by two great masters of orchestration, Berlioz and Ravel, who’s La Valse was one of the hobbyhorses of Ansermet and the OSR.


This concert is broadcast on the 08.11.23 on Espace 2 in the radio program Plein Jeu (8pm), produced by Mitsou Carré and Daniel Rausis, and is available for streaming after broadcast on

OSR Live

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva