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Première night



18:30 — Victoria Hall

Non-subscription concert

En collaboration avec

En collaboration avec

En collaboration avec

En collaboration avec


Ensemble ContrechampsOrchestre de la Haute école de musique de GenèveOrchestre de la Suisse Romandeorchestra

Peter Eötvösconductor

János Balázspiano

Miklós Lukácscymbalum

Peter Eötvös

Fermata (Swiss Première)

(Commissioned by Ensemble Contrechamps, UMZE ensemble and Ensemble Intercontemporain)

Nina Šenk  

Changing (Swiss Première)

(Commissioned by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande)

Peter Eötvös

Cziffra Psodia, Concerto for Piano and Cymbalom obligato (Swiss Première)
for the 100th birthday of Georges Cziffra

(Comissioned by MÜPA Budapest, Cziffra Festival, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande)

Witold Lutosławski

Concerto for orchestra

The music

Inspired by red carpets & the world of cinema, we decided to name this concert “Premiere Night” to celebrate new works by living composers. 

The evening begins at an earlier time of 6.30 pm with the Swiss premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Fermata. Performed by our partner, the Ensemble Contrechamps, 15 musicians will take to the stage, each 5 feet apart, to perform a socially-distanced concerto.  The latest restrictions from the health authorities? Luckily not this time! Eötvös replays the pandemic years which normal life suddenly comes to a standstill and invites us to re-examine the tensions of our society in this short work.

After the performance lasting c. 12 minutes, concertgoers are invited to descend to the foyer of the Victoria Hall for a presentation of the evenings discoveries (the bar will be open). 

The concert recommences at 7.30pm with the OSR performing Nina Šenk’s composition, Changing. Written for large orchestra, also in the context of the pandemic, the percussion line-up is equally something to look forward to, featuring instruments such as the vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba, tam-tam, wind chimes, without forgetting of course the percussion staple, the triangle!

Peter Eötvös conducts the Swiss premiere of another recent work, Cziffra Psodia. Celebrating 100 years since the birth of famous Hungarian pianist, György Cziffra, the concerto is performed by its dedicatee János Balázs.

After another short interval, the evening concludes with a performance of Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, a work that invites a new interpretation of Polish folk melodies.

The venues

OSR Live

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Yvonne Naef


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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Maurice Ravel


Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva