L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
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1918-11-30
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L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR; literal translation, "Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland") is a Swiss symphony orchestra, based in Geneva at the Victoria Hall. In addition to symphony concerts, the OSR performs as the opera orchestra in productions at ...

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Biography

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR; literal translation, "Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland") is a Swiss symphony orchestra, based in Geneva at the Victoria Hall. In addition to symphony concerts, the OSR performs as the opera orchestra in productions at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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Emmanuel Chabrier
Overture from L'Etoile
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Overture from L'Etoile
Emmanuel Chabrier
Habanera
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Habanera
Richard Dubugnon
Arcanes Symphoniques, Op.30
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Arcanes Symphoniques, Op.30
Henri Dutilleux
Tout un monde lointain...
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Tout un monde lointain...
Jacques Offenbach
Intermede and Barcarolle from 'Les contes d'Hoffman'
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Intermede and Barcarolle from 'Les contes d'Hoffman'
Jacques Offenbach
Overture from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein
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Overture from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35), no.2; The Story of the Kalendar Prince
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Sheherazade - symphonic suite (Op.35), no.2; The Story of the Kalendar Prince
Francis Poulenc
Sonata arr. Berkeley for flute and orchestra (orig. for flute and piano)
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Sonata arr. Berkeley for flute and orchestra (orig. for flute and piano)
Jacques Offenbach
Orphee aux enfers - overture [concert version] [compiled C Binder...
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Orphee aux enfers - overture [concert version] [compiled C Binder...
Luigi Cherubini
Medea Act I
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Medea Act I
Arabella Steinbacher
Concerto in E minor Op.64 for violin and orchestra - 3rd movt
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Concerto in E minor Op.64 for violin and orchestra - 3rd movt
Emmanuel Chabrier
Habanera orch. composer [orig piano]
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Habanera orch. composer [orig piano]
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Spanish Dance - Arabian Dance - Chinese Dance (Nutcracker, Act II)
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Spanish Dance - Arabian Dance - Chinese Dance (Nutcracker, Act II)
Emmanuel Chabrier
Le Roi malgre lui - opera comique in 3 acts: Act 3, no.16; Danse slave
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Le Roi malgre lui - opera comique in 3 acts: Act 3, no.16; Danse slave
Jean Sibelius
Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55
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Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55
Jacques Offenbach
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act 4; Barcarolle (Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour)
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Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Act 4; Barcarolle (Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour)
Giuseppe Verdi
Un Ballo in maschera - melodramma in 3 acts
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Un Ballo in maschera - melodramma in 3 acts
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Biography

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR; literal translation, "Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland") is a Swiss symphony orchestra, based in Geneva at the Victoria Hall. In addition to symphony concerts, the OSR performs as the opera orchestra in productions at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Ernest Ansermet founded the OSR in 1918, with a contingent of 48 players and a season of six months' duration. Besides Swiss musicians, the OSR players initially came from other countries, including Austria, France, Germany and Italy. Ansermet gradually increased the percentage of Swiss musicians in the orchestra, attaining 80% Swiss personnel by 1946. Ansermet remained the music director of the OSR for 49 years, from 1918 to 1967.

A Swiss radio orchestra based in Lausanne was merged into the OSR in 1938. Subsequently, the OSR began to broadcast radio concerts regularly on Swiss radio. The orchestra had a long-standing contract for recordings with Decca Records, dating from the tenure of Ansermet, and made over 300 recordings for Decca, starting in 1947 with Debussy's La mer. The OSR premiered many works of the Swiss composers Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin. During the directorship of Armin Jordan (1985–1997), the OSR continued to make recordings on the Erato label.

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