Rugby vs Ballet
Rugby, mouvement symphonique No. 2
Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in D minor op. 30
Petrushka, ballet burlesque in four scenes (original 1911 version)
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.