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19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O


Bertrand de Billyconductor

Kit Armstrongpiano

Cécile Lartigauondes Martenot

Olivier Messiaen
Turangalîla-Symphony for piano, ondes Martenot and large orchestra

Approximately 1h30  (without intermission)

The music

The OSR first performed Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in a memorable concert in 1981, conducted by Horst Stein and the composer himself attending all rehearsals – a significant event then, this symphonic gem remains an extraordinary experience. This grand love song unfolds in ten movements, featuring a sizeable ensemble enhanced with the piano and ondes Martenot. Although labelled a symphony, it’s more like a sinfonia concertante involving all sections of the orchestra, putting a spotlight on the piano, with its challenging part specially tailored for Messiaen’s wife, Yvonne Loriod. The vibrant composition dazzles with a myriad of colors, drawing influence from the oriental gamelans that fueled Messiaen’s creativity. The universal mysticism of Messiaen reaches its zenith in this masterpiece.

The venues

OSR Live

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Debussy - Ellington - Strauss | Jonathan Nott, Marc Perrenoud, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Johannes Brahms

Symphony No.3 in F major op. 90

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 17 May 2018 at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Cerrito 628