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Janowski Returns



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series R

Grand Mécène



20:15 — Salle Métropole

Series Lausanne

Grand Mécène


Marek Janowski

Anton Bruckner

Symphony No 5 in B flat major

the music

This is the great return of Marek Janowski, former musical and artistic director of the OSR (2005-12), who led the orchestra on the splendid adventure of recording all Nine Symphonies of Anton Bruckner, a rarity for a Latin orchestra.

Symphony No. 5 is one of the largest ever written by the great Austrian composer. With its simple basic material, barely a motif, which Bruckner manipulates in all directions, and its gigantic double fugue finale, which seems to synthesise and bring to a close all the fugues in the world, this symphony goes beyond the smallest of humanity to the cosmos.

Bruckner was justifiably proud of this work, all architecture and light, "It is the best I have done in counterpoint", he said. Having overcome his devotion to the god Wagner, he set off towards new horizons. Entering into metaphysical realms, on a long journey in search for the divine, which he would sadly never reach; thus leaving his final symphony unfinished.

OSR Live

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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

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva