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Zimmermann in residence



19:30 — Victoria Hall

series O




20:15 — Salle Métropole

Series Lausanne

Grand Mécène


Jonathan Nott

Frank Peter Zimmermann
artiste en résidence

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Béla Bartók

Rhapsody No 1 for violin and orchestra Sz. 87

Bohuslav Martinů

Suite Concertante for Violin and Orchestra in D major, H 276 I II

Antonín Dvořák

Symphony No 8 in G major op. 88

the music

Our artist in residence leaves the beaten track by choosing two virtuoso works inspired by the rich folklore of Eastern Europe.

Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1 is the fruit of his tireless harvesting of folk music in the Hungarian and Romanian countryside with his friend Zoltán Kodály. Bartók wanted both to save this rich peasant heritage and to bring it to the attention of symphony audiences. The use of the cymbalum, an instrument so inseparable from Gypsy music, adds an element of authenticity to the orchestral colour.

Martinů's Suite Concertante was written during the Czech composer's American exile and resounds like a brilliant tribute to his distant homeland. Extensively reworked by its composer and rarely performed, it has long been championed by Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 is full of generous melodies which persist long after their performance. Joyful and optimistic, this happy symphony also displays an imaginative freedom of invention.

OSR Live

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 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