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Tour: Budapest

Thursday

10.11.2022

20:00 — Müpa

tour

Mécène

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Viktoria Mullova
violin

Dimitri Shostakovich

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in A minor op. 99

Krzysztof Penderecki

Concertino for solo trumpet and orchestra (2015)

Richard Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra, tone poem op. 30


the music

The Orchestra will perform in the magnificent hall of the Müpa Budapest for the first time, a museum dedicated to promoting a transdisciplinary approach to the arts, combining music, visual and performing arts.

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 was composed in 1947, but had to forego a long wait before it’s premiere by David Oïstrakh as Shostakovich himself was persecuted by the Soviet government, forced to deliver a self-confession in front of all his colleagues. For the record, this concerto occupies the entire plot of Alexis Ragougneau’s novel Opus 77; the story of an imaginary conductor in Geneva, conductor of… the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande! We follow his adventures and state of mind according to the five movements which form the structure of the work: Nocture, Scherzo, Passacaglia, Cadenza and Burlesque.

Richard Strauss has often received criticism for his lack of intellectuality, despite the fact that his symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra is inspired by Nietzsche. The Superman in question is indeed a vibrant tribute to the writer-philosopher. Strauss was very proud of his work «The theme of the Passion is irresistible, the Fugue will make your spine shiver, and the Song of the dance is simply delicious» he wrote to his wife, Pauline.



the venues

OSR Live

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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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