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String octets



11:00 — Conservatoire de musique de Genève

Series Chamber music
Chambre music




11:15 — Orchesterhaus, Lucerne

Chambre music

Artistic partner


Sidonie BougamontJonas ErniYesong JeongLisa Schatzmanviolin

Alexander BesaJarita Ngviola

Heiner ReichHilmar Schweizercello

Niels Wilhelm Gade
String Octet in F major Op. 17

Felix Mendelssohn
String Octet in E flat major Op. 20

The music

Very close to Felix Mendelssohn, whose assistant he was at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Danish composer Niels Gade is well forgotten today. However, he leaves abundant and varied works of excellent musical quality. Composed a year after the death of his mentor, Gade's Octet in F major is filled with great energy and traversed by quivering and romantic melodies that make it a kind of little masterpiece that absolutely must be rediscovered. This mature piece obviously does not eclipse the miracle of the Octet in E flat major that Mendelssohn wrote at the age of 16 as a birthday present to his violin teacher. He has the insolence of an incredible child prodigy spoiled by the good fairies and equally gifted in music, as in poetry and drawing. Let's hope that this exciting and by no means unequal confrontation can lift the veil on one of the many injustices in the history of music.

Musicians of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester in a co-production with the OSR:
Jonas Erni (violin), Lisa Schatzman (violin), Alexander Besa (viola), Heiner Reich (cello)

OSR Live

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva