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Turangalîla

Wednesday

14.05.2025

19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series O

Thursday

15.05.2025

19:30 — Victoria Hall

Series S

Friday

16.05.2025

20:15 — Rosey Concert Hall, Rolle

Programme

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.

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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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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