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19:30 — Victoria Hall

Swiss premiere



Jonathan Nottconductor

Xavier de Maistreharp

Peter Eötvöscomposer

Michael Jarrellcomposer & artist in residence

Orchestre de la Haute école de musique de Genèveorchestra

Peter Eötvös
Reading Malevich, for orchestra

Peter Eötvös
Harp Concerto

Commission by: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Vienna Musikverein, Porto Casa da musica, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo

Michael Jarrell, composer in residence
Sechs Augenblicke, for orchestra

Zoltán Kodály
Háry János, suite

The music

Supported by the OSR’s musicians, the Orchestra of the Haute école de musique Genève will have the opportunity to perform the works of the great Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös. With Reading Malevich, he set himself the task of transforming an image, an optical event, into music, drawing inspiration from a painting by Malevich. His Harp Concerto, written especially for our soloist Xavier de Maistre, one of the greatest harpists in the world, is the result of a joint commission by the OSR with five other major international orchestras. We will also discover the first Swiss audition of the Sechs Augenblicke by Michael Jarrell, our composer in residence. Premiered in 2022 in Nantes and Angers by the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, which had commissioned it, this piece for large orchestra is inspired by Schubert's Six Moments Musicaux but in the language specific to the Geneva composer who deploys a beautiful mastery of the timbres of the orchestra to which he adds a piano and a celesta. The concert will end with Háry JánosSuite by Zoltán Kodaly, a small masterpiece of humor recounting the story of a hussar a bit of a mythomaniac.

The venues

OSR Live

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony N° 4 in E minor op.98

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva