The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is giving the second concert in its chamber music series supported by the Fondation Etrillard at the Geneva Conservatoire on Sunday 8 October.
The programme, entitled "Salon musical", will feature works by Ernest Chausson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Ernest Chausson, who died prematurely in a bicycle accident, was an intimate musician and a close friend of Claude Debussy, leaving a small number of works that all bear the mark of his sensitive and passionate personality. First performed in 1892, the Concert in D major (a title inspired by the old French "concerts" of the seventeenth century, which Chausson particularly admired) features a violin and piano soloist in dialogue with a string quartet. A masterpiece of French chamber music, it overwhelms the listener with its intense, poetic expression, which naturally takes its place in the salon dreamt up by Marcel Proust in À la recherche du temps perdu.
Mozart was 16 when he composed a triptych of string quartets he called Divertimentos (KV 136, 137 and 138), marvellously combining the Italian style with that of his friend Michael Haydn, with whom he was in the service of Prince-Archbishop Colloredo in Salzburg.
With: Caroline Baeriswyl, Florin Moldoveanu, Cristian Zimmerman on violin; Emmanuel Morel on viola; Léonard Frey-Maibach on cello; Christian Chamorel on piano.