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The Rite of Spring



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series R

series R - spring



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series S



Jonathan Nott

Christiane Karg

Igor Stravinski

The Rite of Spring, scenes of pagan Russia in two parts

Maurice Ravel

Shéhérazade, three poems for voice and orchestra based on the verses of Tristan Klingsor

Edgar Varèse

Arcana, pour grand orchestre

the music

A true manifesto of modernity, The Rite of Spring is a thunderbolt in the still clear sky of 1913. Taking over the great Mahlerian orchestra, Stravinsky breaks the mould with his insolent genius. The magic of Maurice Ravel's Shéhérazade cycle was just the thing to calm the nerves by adding a touch of the exotic. The immense impact of The Rite of Spring has affected many composers and has been emulated by others.

A solitary and misunderstood creator, Edgar Varèse went even further than the orchestral gigantism of the Rite of Spring with Amériques for 142 musicians, followed by Arcana, which requires 120. The work bears a quotation from Paracelsus: "One star exists higher than all the rest: imagination, which gives birth to a new star and a new sky." With its bursts of sound bordering on saturation, it is the sunniest and most invigorating of Varèse's works, the only one in which one can hear recollections, as if its author wanted to emerge from anonymity and contempt to measure himself against the creators of his time.


Listen to some characteristic Stravinsky rhythms with this short extract of the Rite of Spring recorded by the OSR under the direction of Peter Eötvös on 15.03.2016.

the venues

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva