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Mikhail Petrenko is unwell; he is replaced by Patrick Bolleire who kindly agreed to take his place at short notice.

Romeo & Juliet



19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O



20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu

Lausanne 5
Series Lausanne


Daniel Hardingconductor

Marie-Nicole Lemieuxcontralto

Andrew Staplestenor

Patrick Bolleirebass

Chœur de l'Orchestre de Parischoir

Hector Berlioz

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

The music

Berlioz’ extravagant vision and genius is particularly well attuned to the power of that of Shakespeare. His great dramatic symphonic work Roméo et Juliette is dedicated to his friend Paganini, whose generosity allowed Berlioz to compose for a plethora of musicians, a large choir and three vocalists. In fact, writing this third symphony, Berlioz was inspired by the Ninth Symphony of his hero Beethoven, who had reinvented the format twenty years earlier.

The premiere was one of the rare successes of his Parisian career, and the whole city attended the event. Amongst the audience was Richard Wagner, so impressed that he declared he felt like “a schoolboy” in comparison to Berlioz.

OSR Live

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva