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Angel Josefowicz



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O

Major Patron



20:15 — Salle Métropole

Grand Mécène


Hannu Lintu

Leila Josefowicz

Jean Sibelius

Tapiola, Symphonic Poem op. 112

Alban Berg

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 'À la mémoire d’un ange' (To the Memory of an Angel)

Carl Nielsen

Symphony No 4 op. 29,  'Det Uudslukkelige' (The Inextinguishable)

the music

This fascinating programme represents the first three decades of the 20th century with three major works composed within ten years of each other.

1916 saw the première of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, known as ̍ 'The Inextinguishable' (Det Uudslukkelige in Danish). Its grandiose orchestration is unparalleled in Scandinavian music, but its message transcends borders. For Nielsen, only music can give abstract expression to the life force. "Music is life and like life, inextinguishable."

1926 was the year of the creation of Tapiola, a vast symphonic poem by Jean Sibelius, often considered his masterpiece. Through the Kalevala, the great Finnish epic that Sibelius set to music throughout his life, this immense composer has left us one of the strangest and most powerful works in all of Western music.

1936, the première of Alban Berg's Concerto ̍ 'To the Memory of an Angel'. The angel was an 18-year-old girl who died during the composition of this work, which takes on the appearance of a twelve-tone requiem, also quoting a chorale by Bach. Berg died of septicaemia following a wasp sting and never heard his work, which remains one of his greatest inspirations.

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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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva