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19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series R+

Grand Mécène


Jonathan Nott

Khatia Buniatishvili

Arthur Honegger

Rugby, mouvement symphonique No. 2

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

Igor Stravinski

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

the music

Khatia Buniatishvili, who is expecting a happy event, has decided to change her programme and will perform Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1 instead of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3.

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.

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor was rejected by its dedicatee, who considered it fit for the rubbish, but it quickly became a mainstay of the concert & competition repertoire around the world. A glamorous and captivating piano personality, Khatia Buniatishvili will undoubtedly give a much-needed personal touch to this famous work.

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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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva