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Rugby vs Ballet



19:30 — KKL




19:30 — Victoria Hall

series R+

Grand Mécène


Jonathan Nott

Khatia Buniatishvili

Arthur Honegger

Rugby, mouvement symphonique No. 2

Sergeï Rachmaninoff

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in D minor op. 30

Igor Stravinski

Petrushka, ballet burlesque in four scenes (original 1911 version)

the music

Arthur Honegger was a man of his era; he loved speed, beautiful cars and sports. Last season the OSR gave a glorious performance of his first symphonic poem, the famous locomotive Pacific 231. For this season, we give homage to Rugby (Symphonic Movement No. 2), premiered by Ernest Ansermet in Paris in 1928. This detailed rhythmic study – true to the precision of the Swiss composer - illustrates the vivacity and improvised nature of a rugby match.

Rachmaninoff was one of the great pianists of his time. Intent upon conquering America as both composer and soloist, he wrote his famous Concerto No. 3 in D minor and performed it in New York with Gustav Mahler.

The original recording of Petrushkaby an OSR conducted by Ernest Ansermet at the very beginning of the vinyl era in 1950 propelled the orchestra to fame across the whole world; thanks to it’s musicality and exceptional recording quality for the era. The evening’s concert will present the 1911 version for large orchestra conducted by Jonathan Nott.

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


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


Recorded on 22 March 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva