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Tchaikovsky's Fatum Symphony



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series S

Contemporary music


Krzysztof Urbański

Bertrand Chamayou

Erik Satie
Gymnopédies No. 1 and 3, for orchestra (orchestration Claude Debussy)

Michael Jarrell, composer in residence
Reflections, concerto for piano and full orchestra

Commission: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski
Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36

the music

Composed during a rather difficult period, Reflections, by our composer in residence Michael Jarrell, is imbued with the friendship he felt towards the musician and composer Eric Daubresse to whose memory this piano concerto is dedicated. Commissioned by the OSR and the Philharmonic of Radio France, it will be defended by the pianist Bertrand Chamayou whose musical intelligence and high technicality also guided the inspiration of the Geneva composer. A great purity reigns over this deeply expressive work as illuminated from within. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 also evokes the inevitability of fate. Often called the "Symphony of Fatum", it expresses the annoyances of human life in a resolutely autobiographical dramatic tone. The concert will open with Deux Gymnopédies by Erik Satie finely orchestrated by Claude Debussy. Beyond their scholarly title, these two famous pieces with their ambiguous harmony are full of mystery and languorous sensuality.

the venues

OSR Live

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony No.3 in F major op. 90

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 17 May 2018 at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Cerrito 628

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva