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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 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.

Since 2005, the artistic director and music director of the OSR has been Marek Janowski. He has conducted the OSR in recordings for the Pentatone label. In September 2008, his initial 5-year contract was extended to 2015. However, in January 2010, in a change to the September 2008 contract extension, Janowski and the OSR mutually agreed on the scheduled conclusion of his directorship of the OSR after the 2011-2012 season. Following the announcement of Janowski's scheduled 2012 departure, attempts to secure Bertrand de Billy and Kazuki Yamada as the OSR's next artistic leader did not come to fruition. However, in September 2010, the OSR named Neeme Järvi as its ninth artistic and musical director, and in parallel, Yamada as principal guest conductor, with both appointments effective as of 2012, with initial contracts of 3 years for both conductors. At Järvi's contract signing in October 2010, the orchestra indicated that Järvi is scheduled to take over the OSR artistic directorship in January 2011.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1960 Symphony in C / Jeux d'enfants / La jolie fille de Perth Georges Bizet; Ernest Ansermet, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1
1983 Le Tricorne Manuel de Falla; Teresa Berganza, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
1991 Polovtsian Dances / Symphonies 2 & 3 Borodin; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
1992 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain / Le Corsaire Hector Berlioz; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
1993 Oedipus Rex Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
1993 Petrushka / Apollon Musagète / Circus Polka Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
1993 Symphony in E-flat / Violin Concerto Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi, Lydia Mordkovitch 1
1993 Symphony in Three Movements / Le Chant du rossignol / Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi, Geoffrey Tozer 1
1993 Symphony of Psalms / Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments / Symphony in C Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi, Boris Berman 1
1995 Scheherazade / Sadko / Dubinushka / May Night/ Christmas Eve / The Snow Maiden / The Tale of Tsar Saltan / Russian Easter Festival Overture Rimsky-Korsakov; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
1995 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Les Préludes / Mazeppa Franz Liszt; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi, Geoffrey Tozer 1
1995 Ragtime / Octet / Suite: The Soldier's Tale / Petrushka Stravinsky; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
1995 The Rite of Spring / Requiem Canticles / Canticum Sacrum Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
2001 La Voix humaine Francis Poulenc; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan, Felicity Lott 2
2002 Holst, J.Strauss, Offenbach L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1
2006 Cezar Franck: Symphony in D minor / Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B-flat César Franck, Ernest Chausson; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski 1
2007 Piano Concertos 2 & 5 Camille Saint-Saëns; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Charles Dutoit, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1
2008 Antar / Tsar Saltan / May Night / Capriccio Espagnol Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
2009 Delibes: Coppélia / Sylvia Suite / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 Delibes, Ravel; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
2010 The 2 Violin Concertos Béla Bartók; Arabella Steinbacher, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski 1
2013 Symphony no. 2 / Four Shakespeare Preludes Joachim Raff; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 2
2013 Neeme Järvi conducts Chabrier Emmanuel Chabrier; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
Symphony no. 7 in E major Anton Bruckner; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Carmen: Highlights (1963 studio cast) Compilation Georges Bizet; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Thomas Schippers 1
2002 Ballets; Stage Works; Orchestral Works Compilation Stravinsky; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1
2002 The Essential Stravinsky Compilation Igor Stravinsky; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Neeme Järvi 1
2002 Scheherazade / Antar Compilation Rimsky-Korsakov; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ansermet 1
2008 Sibelius: Symphonies no. 2 & 4 / Tapiola / Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead Compilation Sibelius, Rachmaninov; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Pelléas et Mélisande Remix Claude Debussy, Ernest Ansermet & L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
The Orchestral Masterpieces Ravel; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet, Les Chœurs de la Radio Suisse Romande (Lausanne), André Charlet 1

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