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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Mariss Jansons, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

ORF Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Wien


Performers: Cornelius Meister, Christian Tetzlaff, Dorothea Röschmann, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Works by Bedřich Smetana, Harrison Birtwistle, Gustav Mahler

Orchestra La Scintilla


Performers: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Valentina Farcas, Sen Guo, Ann Hallenberg, Mauro Peter, Ruben Drole, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Erwin Ortner, Orchestra La Scintilla at Zurich Opera
Works by Joseph Haydn

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Michael Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg
Works by Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra


Performers: Philippe Jordan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Works by Richard Wagner, Maurice Ravel, Dmitry Shostakovich

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Works by Giuseppe Verdi, Saed Haddad, Richard Wagner, Chaya Czernowin

Berliner Philharmoniker 1

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
Works by Wolfgang A. Mozart

Berliner Philharmoniker 2

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Simon Rattle, Barbara Hannigan, Berliner Philharmoniker
Works by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Igor Stravinsky

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo


Performers: Charles Dutoit, Kakujo Nakamura, Kaoru Kakizakai, Anna Prohaska, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
Works by Tōru Takemitsu, Toshio Hosokawa, Hector Berlioz

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Works by Gustav Mahler

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Riccardo Chailly, Luba Orgonášová, Gerhild Romberger, Roberto Saccà, René Pape, Wiener Singverein, Johannes Prinz, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Works by Ludwig v. Beethoven

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sponsored by Borusan Holding

Orchestra Concerts

From the usual illustrious line-up of international top orchestras – including those from Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Rome, Tokyo, Vienna and Zurich – which will be heard under the baton of great conductors and with renowned soloists at the 2013 Salzburg Festival, two concerts stand out for programmatic reasons: first of all, the sumptuously cast performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Its composer was born 100 years ago, and in this work, commissioned for the consecration of the rebuilt cathedral of Coventry in 1962, he realized a moving cry for practical pacifism as well as a musical manifestation of the reconciliation of people following World War II. The second core event is the evening when the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim performs not only works by the 2013 anniversary composers Wagner and Verdi, but also juxtaposes works by the Jordanian Saed Haddad and the Israeli Chaya Czernowin: tension-filled dialogues are to be expected – and that is a hallmark of the other concerts too, offering important cornerstones of musical history right up to the present times. Two of Mahler’s “Wunderhorn” Symphonies, the monumental “Tragic” Symphony and the transcendental Ninth, form points of reference for a search for Mahler’s traces that leads from the expressive Schoenberg School to Shostakovich’s ambiguities and further into our times, to Birtwistle, Takemitsu and Hosokawa. Long before Stravinsky’s rhythmic revolution, however, it was the classical triad of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven who made so many things thinkable and possible for the first time – here, they will be interpreted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle and Riccardo Chailly. Then there is the romantic revolutionary Hector Berlioz, performed this time by Charles Dutoit. Returning over and over to explore the past has always been and shall remain a driving force for the art of present times.

Walter Weidringer
Translated by Alexa Nieschlag


The Concert 2013

by Alexander Pereira and Florian Wiegand

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