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Veils & Shadows

Wednesday

24.05.2023

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O

Mécène

Thursday

25.05.2023

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series S

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Asmik Grigorian
soprano

Quatuor TANA
string quartet

Yann Robin

Shadows III, Concerto for string quartet and orchestra

(Commissioned by OSR – World premiere)

Richard Strauss

Salome, Dance of the Seven Veils TrV 215, Op. 54

Vier letzte Lieder, for soprano and orchestra TrV 296


the music

Nourished by the science fiction literature and horror films that have always fascinated him, French composer Yann Robin will finish his 2019-20 residency, with a postponed performance of Shadows III, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra commissioned by the OSR. This new work is a continuation of his Shadows cycle, representing an extension and recontextualization of its main elements.

The climax of Richard Strauss's opera, the Dance of the Seven Veilsfrom Salome, fascinates us with its orientalist tones and its strong sensuality bathed in a particularly lush orchestration.

Composed at the very end of his life during his exile in Switzerland after the Second World War,  Richard Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder form the sumptuous farewell of an old man to his culture, to his work and to his life. This cycle, with its overwhelming twilight beauty, has been a favourite with singers and audiences since its posthumous premiere in London in 1950.



the venues

OSR Live

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 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