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SALZBURG FESTIVAL | CONCERT 2014

Vienna Philharmonic • Daniel Barenboim

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Wiener Singverein, Johannes Prinz, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Max Reger, Anton Bruckner

Vienna Philharmonic • Riccardo Chailly

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Riccardo Chailly, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Anton Bruckner

Vienna Philharmonic • Philippe Jordan

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Philippe Jordan, Olga Peretyatko, Sophie Rennert, Pavol Breslik, Tobias Kehrer, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus , Ernst Raffelsberger, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Anton Bruckner

Vienna Philharmonic • Riccardo Muti

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Riccardo Muti, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner

Vienna Philharmonic • Gustavo Dudamel

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Gustavo Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by René Staar, Richard Strauss

Vienna Philharmonic • Daniele Gatti

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Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Daniele Gatti, Lang Lang, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Anton Bruckner

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‘The highest honour, unbeknown to the public, was reserved for me at the very end in the Grand Foyer, where I was awaited by the members of the Philharmonic, who had played like gods – an ovation I cannot describe. This will remain the most memorable day in my artistic life!’ Thus an overjoyed Anton Bruckner reported breathlessly on the celebrated premiere of his Second Symphony, which he conducted himself in Vienna in 1873. However, at the time the Orchestra was embroiled in the artistic partisan struggles between the progressive New German School and the conservatives, who had made Brahms their idol – and Bruckner was not invited to conduct a second time. Since that time, however, the Vienna Philharmonic has repaid this slight to the composer with interest and compound interest. At the 2014 Salzburg Festival, therefore, five Bruckner Symphonies rightfully stand at the core of the Philharmonic’s concerts – they will be combined and crossreferenced with essential classical precursors, contemporaries and followers of Bruckner, all the way to our present day, represented by a work by composer René Staar, who is also one of the Philharmonic’s violinists. When Riccardo Muti conducts Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony, the kinship with Bruckner’s slow movements becomes apparent; and Bruckner’s Te Deum offers a sacred version of the same transcendence which Richard Strauss endowed with a decidedly secular shape in his Tod und Verklärung. This is complemented by the painful profundity of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Minor (with Lang Lang as soloist) and Max Reger’s Requiem, a setting of texts by Friedrich Hebbel which Plácido Domingo, the Wiener Singverein and Daniel Barenboim perform: ‘Soul, forget them not; Soul, forget not the dead.’

Walter Weidringer
Translated by Alexa Nieschlag

EDITORIAL 2014

Concert 2014

by Alexander Pereira and Florian Wiegand

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