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Heros United



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O



20:15 — Salle Métropole

Series Lausanne

Grand Mécène


Emmanuel Krivine

Leonidas Kavakos

Piotr IliTch TchaïkovskY

Concerto for violin in D major op. 35

Richard Strauss

Ein Heldenleben, (A Heros Life) Symphonic Poem op. 40

the music

Both composers often speak of themselves in their works. Whilst Tchaikovsky described his discomfort with life by entrusting his most secret thoughts to music, Richard Strauss liked to show off the pleasures of his own life, not hesitating to depict himself as a hero, a sportsman or in his everyday world, which he set to music.

It was on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Clarens, that the Russian composer took refuge to escape the sham marriage that had traumatised him. There he composed the Violin Concerto in D major, which, like many masterpieces, was misunderstood before it gained worldwide recognition.

Ein Heldenleben (literally A Hero's Life) is an allegory of human existence seen through the Nietzschean prism of self-determination in a hostile world. The description of the hero here is synonymous with the artist and resonates as a kind of self-portrait in which humour and self-recrimination are not excluded. Anyone can hear traces of a certain megalomania - or is it simply Richard Strauss' admission of powerlessness as he rightly declared to Romain Rolland that he was neither a hero nor a man suited to battle. Who knows?

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Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva