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Music meets philosophy

Monday

07.11.2022

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series R

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Viktoria Mullova
violin

Dimitri Shostakovich

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in A minor op. 99

Richard Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra, tone poem op. 30


the music

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1was composed in 1947, but had to forego a long wait before it’s premiere by David Oïstrakh as Shostakovich himself was persecuted by the Soviet government, forced to deliver a self-confession in front of all his colleagues. For the record, this concerto occupies the entire plot of Alexis Ragougneau’s novel Opus 77; the story of an imaginary conductor in Geneva, conductor of… the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande! We follow his adventures and state of mind according to the five movements which form the structure of the work: Nocture, Scherzo, Passacaglia, Cadenza and Burlesque.

Richard Strauss has often received criticism for his lack of intellectuality, despite the fact that his symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra is inspired by Nietzsche. The Superman in question is indeed a vibrant tribute to the writer-philosopher. Strauss was very proud of his work «The theme of the Passion is irresistible, the Fugue will make your spine shiver, and the Song of the dance is simply delicious» he wrote to his wife, Pauline.



the venues

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony N°9 with choir for the finale of « Ode to Joy»

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 11 June 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva