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OSR Festival I

The OSR musicians in the spotlight



19:30 — Bâtiment des Forces Motrices


Grand Mécène


Martin Fröstconductor & clarinet

François Payet-LabonneSidonie Bougamontviolin

Orchestre de la Suisse Romandein small ensemble

Igor Stravinski

Pulcinella, suite for orchestra, No. 1 Sinfonia

Göran & Martin Fröst

Nomadic Dances, for clarinet and orchestra

Johannes Brahms

Hungarian Dances No. 1, arr. for clarinet and strings by Göran Fröst

Igor Stravinski

Pulcinella, suite for orchestra, No. 3 Scherzino

Béla Bartók

Romanian Folk Dances, arr. for clarinet and strings by de Göran Fröst

Serge Prokofiev

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op. 63, II. Andante assai

Göran Fröst

Klezmer Dances No. 2, for clarinet and strings

Serge Prokofiev

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op. 63, III. Allegro

Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90, known as 'The Italian'

Anders Hillborg

Hyper Exit, for clarinet and orchestra

The music

For this first festival concert, the OSR is inviting us to dance, or rather to dance, where everyone will find something to enjoy. The Sinfonia (Overture) and the Scherzino (third movement) from the ballet Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1969) will be performed. First performed by the Ballets Russes at the Paris Opéra in 1920 under the direction of Ernest Ansermet, founding conductor of the OSR, it is a skilful blend of baroque chamber music, court minuets and commedia dell'arte, in which Stravinsky constantly overturns rhythmic and harmonic reference points.

This season's artist-in-residence, clarinettist and conductor Martin Fröst, brings us Nomadic Dances (which Verbier Festival audiences were able to discover last year) and Klezmer Dance No. 2, two pieces written by his own brother Göran Fröst, showcasing the instrument and the versatile talent of the Swedish clarinettist, who blithely mixes sonic elements ranging from the French Baroque to contemporary music and traditional melodies.

The last two movements of the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Serge Prokofiev (1891-1953) show both sides of the composer: his melodic invention in the magnificent song, slightly tinged with melancholy, woven by the soloist in the Andante assai (reminiscent of Romeo and Juliette, the Russian composer's flagship work), then, in the final Allegro ben marcato, the dissonant chords, jerky attacks and syncopated rhythms that are often associated with it.

Before bringing the concert to a fitting close with the breathtaking and aptly named Hyper Exit by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg (b. 1954), premiered by Martin Fröst in 2015, we hear the finale of the Fourth Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Despite its name of saltarello, only the beginning evokes this bouncing dance. In reality, this page is much more like a tarantella: so named because it was claimed that the only hope for the victim of a tarantula bite lay in the non-stop movement of arms and legs. So let's dance, let's dance, because it's good for your health...

The videos

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OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 6 'Pastoral'

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 26 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Debussy - Ellington - Strauss | Jonathan Nott, Marc Perrenoud, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande