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Solistes of the OSR

Thursday

03.02.2022

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Simon Sommerhalder
oboe

Simon Sommerhalder
principal

Michel Westphal
Clarinette

Afonso Venturieri
Basson

Jean-Pierre Berry
Cor

Maurice Ravel

Menuet Antique, for orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon in E flat major KV 297b

César Franck

Symphony in D minor, for large orchestra


the music

The Menuet Antique dates from Maurice Ravel's twentieth birthday, and he would write a version for orchestra almost thirty-five years later. The early influence of Chabrier is evident in this work, which foreshadows the 'classicism' of other Ravel works.

Meanwhile, the long controversy surrounding Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for wind instruments is far from over. Mozart had indeed composed a work of this kind in 1778 during his stay in Paris. A victim of scandal, piece was however not performed and the manuscript was lost. A copy was found in the papers of a German musicologist in 1905, but its authenticity remains in question to this day. The work is nevertheless splendid and harbours treasures of melody and expression.

Strongly disturbed by the Revolution, the evolution of music in France did not happen through the symphony as was the case in Germany. With his Symphony in D minor, premiered twenty years after the Franco-Prussian War, the naturalized Belgian composer César Franck gave France a breathtaking work based on the French and Germanic traditions as a symbol of a fragile peace regained before the catastrophe of 1914.



the venues

OSR Live

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony no 4 in B flat major op. 60

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 23 October 2019 at Victoria Hall, Geneva