Strauss, Debussy & Ligeti: Orchestral Works (2018)

Ligeti, Debussy, Strauss

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Jonathan Nott

This album presents extraordinary works of three twentieth-century composers with diverse cultural backgrounds, underlining the versatility and legacy of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its centenary year. Richard Strauss’ Schlagobers (Whipped Cream, 1924) is a playful ballet set in a Viennese Konditorei, of which the orchestral suite is featured on this album. With its lively mix of Viennese waltzes and modern harmonies, light-versed tunes interspersed by sudden outbreaks of ravishing beauty, all brilliantly orchestrated, it can be considered a further exploration of the composer’s “Rosenkavalier style”. Claude Debussy is featured with Jeux, Poème dansé (1912), another piece created for a ballet performance, built around an erotic nocturnal search for a lost tennis ball that Pierre Boulez characterized as a “Prélude à-l’Après-midi d’une Faune in sports clothes”. Debussy’s Jeux has been a major source of inspiration for post-war avantgarde composers such as Boulez and Stockhausen, and, therefore, the transition from Jeux to Györgi Ligeti’s Melodien, für Orchester (1971) is not jarring. Melodien has the unmistakable mix of sensuous yet eerie soundscapes that makes most of Ligeti’s works so filmic and appealing.

This album adds a significant chapter to the PENTATONE discography of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which already contains the complete Bruckner Symphonies with Marek Janowski, three dance-oriented albums with Kazuki Yamada, and concerto recordings with renowned soloists such as Arabella Steinbacher, Johannes Moser and Denis Kozhukhin. On this album, the OSR’s new chief conductor Jonathan Nott makes his PENTATONE debut.

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

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Strauss, Debussy & Ligeti: Orchestral Works (2018)

Ligeti, Debussy, Strauss

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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A credit to all concerned, this is a beautifully performed and recorded album of captivating repertoire to which I will return often.

Michael Cookson[read full review]

Strauss, Debussy & Ligeti: Orchestral Works (2018)

Ligeti, Debussy, Strauss

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Producer: Executive: Renaud Loranger | Recording: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Andreas Wolf
Recording location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, June 2018
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: I. In der Konditorkuche
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: II. Tanz der Teeblute
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: III. Tanz des Kaffee's - Traumerei
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: IV. Schlagoberswalzer
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: V. Einzug der Prinzessin - Tanz der Prinzessin
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: VI. Tanz der kleinen Pralinees - Springtanz - Galopp
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: VII. Menuett - Pas de deux
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Schlagobers Suite, TrV 243a: VIII. Finale. Allgemeiner Tanz
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Jeux, L. 126
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Melodien fur Orchester
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