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An Inspiring Finale

Thursday

09.06.2022

19:30 — Victoria Hall

series S

programme

Jonathan Nott
conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann
artiste en résidence

Frank Peter Zimmermann
violin

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No 5 in E flat major op. 82

Johannes Brahms

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major op. 77


the music

Firstly Mahler, then Bruckner, now finally Sibelius puts the finishing touches to this season of great symphonists, celebrating the musical form which took its first steps flowing from the pen of Haydn in the early 20th century.

After the uncompromising austerity of his previous symphony, Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 returns to a certain classicism and a more appealing language without losing any of its originality. Its brilliant orchestration and its heroic character, dominated by the brilliance of the brass, make it easy to understand for the general public as well as for devoted classical music fans. This is undoubtedly the reason for its immense and lasting success. It is one of the best gateways to the magical world of the Finnish composer.

Frank Peter Zimmermann, our artist-in-residence, will bring his year with the OSR to a brilliant close with a performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major, both an archetype and a pillar of the Romantic repertoire. The première with Brahms at the podium and Joseph Joachim as soloist received a rapturous reception that was almost compromised by a large piece of shirt protruding from the composer's trousers because he had forgotten to put on his braces. A short story of the kind that restores great men to their basic humanity.



the venues

OSR Live

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphonie N°9

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Boléro

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 15 November 2017 at Victoria Hall, Geneva