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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

Lausanne 5

Series Lausanne

programme

Daniel Harding
conductor

Marie-Nicole Lemieux
contralto

Andrew Staples
tenor

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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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva