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Romeo & Juliet

Wednesday

23.11.2022

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O

Thursday

24.11.2022

20:15 — Théâtre de Beaulieu

Series Lausanne

programme

Daniel Harding
direction

Marie-Nicole Lemieux
contralto

Andrew Staples
ténor

Mikhail Petrenko
bass

Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris
choir

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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JONATHAN NOTT

Conductor

Yvonne Naef

mezzo-soprano

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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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 6 'Pastoral'

Jonathan Nott

direction

Recorded on 26 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva