Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich meets Philharmonia Zürich

Tribute to Sergei Rachmaninoff

The two Zurich conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Paavo Järvi are friends. They do not see any competition in their parallel work at the Opera House and the Tonhalle, but rather an occasion for intense exchange, but also for a bit of friendly rivalry. Now they are reaffirming their artistic friendship and swapping positions: Paavo Järvi will conduct the Philharmonia Zurich and Gianandrea Noseda the Tonhalle Orchestra. Programmatically, it should be more than just a gesture: the two orchestra heads are teaming up for a Rachmaninoff cycle to mark the 150th birthday of the composer, who regularly composed at his villa on Switzerland's Lake Lucerne from 1930 onward. The four orchestral concerts spread over the calendar year 2023 will focus on Rachmaninoff's monumental piano concertos. The soloists in this cycle are internationally acclaimed stars such as Yuja Wang and Yefim Bronfman.

Rachmaninoff cycle 1

Noseda at Opernhaus

Sun 12 Feb 2023, 11.15am Opernhaus

4th Philharmonic Concert

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Janko Kastelic Choir rehearsal
Yefim Bronfman piano
Elena Stikhina soprano
Sergei Skorokhodov tenor
Alexey Markov baritone
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30
The Bells op. 35

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«I am looking forward to celebrating Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday together with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and with Paavo Järvi, a colleague and friend I admire very much. Placing Sergei Rachmaninoff's music at the center of a collaboration between Zurich's two most important orchestras will show that by working together we can achieve a great artistic result and bring people together in the name of music, beauty and respect.»

Gianandrea Noseda, General Music Director Zurich Opera House

Rachmaninoff cycle 2

Järvi at Tonhalle

Wed 29 Mar 2023, 7.30pm + Thu 30 Mar 2023, 7.30pm Tonhalle

Paavo Järvi Conductor
Yuja Wang piano
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor op. 18
Symphony No. 3 in A minor op. 44

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«It is a happy coincidence that Gianandrea Noseda and I both ended up in Zurich; we have known and liked each other for a long time. And we love Rachmaninoff: I grew up with Russian music as an Estonian, Gianandrea worked in St. Petersburg for a long time. So Rachmaninoff's 150th birthday is a very nice opportunity for a friendly collaboration between Tonhalle Zurich and Zurich Opera House.»

Paavo Järvi, Music Director Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Rachmaninoff cycle 3

Noseda at Tonhalle

Wed 8 Nov 2023, 7.30pm + Fri 10 Nov 2023, 7.30pm Tonhalle

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor
Francesco Piemontesi piano
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor op. 40
Symphony No. 1 in D minor op. 13

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Rachmaninoff cycle 4

Järvi at Opernhaus

Sat 11 Nov 2023, 7pm Opernhaus

Paavo Järvi Conductor
Francesco Piemontesi piano
Philharmonia Zürich

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor, op. 43
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

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