19:30 — Victoria Hall
20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu
Valses nobles et sentimentales, for orchestra
Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor Op. 47
Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95, 'From the New World'
Three masterpieces in one evening! Maurice Ravel shares with us once again his love for the Viennese waltz which can be found in many of his works. However, it is Schubert who serves as his pretext here with his two collections of Valses Nobles and Sentimentales whose title Ravel takes up without really quoting them. This beautifully orchestrated whirlwind ends in a kind of dream in which the different motifs dissipate like so many reminiscences of life. Violinist himself Sibelius leaves a Concerto in D minor of great instrumental power with bewitching melodic motifs. If it imposed itself slowly, it is today one of the pillars of the great repertoire. Dvořák composed his famous 'New World' Symphony when he was director of the New York Conservatory. Defending himself for having used Indian themes, he will admit to having used the “particularities of the music of the Blacks and the Redskins by adding to it the resources of the modern orchestra”. This young and colorful nation inspired the Czech composer, nostalgic for his distant homeland, to create a work of powerful romanticism dominated by lively emotion.
Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre
Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva