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Concentus Musicus Wien

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 2

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Bernard Haitink, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Works by Anton Bruckner

Philharmonia Orchestra 1

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Christoph von Dohnányi, Camilla Tilling, Philharmonia Orchestra
Works by Richard Strauss, Anton Bruckner

Philharmonia Orchestra 2

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lawrence Power, Maximilian Hornung, Philharmonia Orchestra
Works by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien


Performers: Cornelius Meister, Philippe Jaroussky, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Works by Marc-André Dalbavie, Anton Bruckner

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 1

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Daniel Barenboim, Peter Seiffert, Waltraud Meier, Ekaterina Gubanova, René Pape, Stephan Rügamer, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Works by Richard Wagner

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kareem Rouston, Ayal Adler, Maurice Ravel

Academy of St Martin in the Fields


Performers: Murray Perahia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Works by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig v. Beethoven

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Christoph Eschenbach, Tzimon Barto, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Works by Wolfgang Rihm, Anton Bruckner

Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Mariss Jansons, Leonidas Kavakos, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Wolfgang Rihm, Maurice Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky


A Fresh Anton Bruckner Tradition

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( 22 Jul 2014 ) This year, the Salzburg Festival presents all the symphonies by Anton Bruckner which the composer himself endorsed. Five of them will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, which has dedicated itself to the oeuvre of the master from Linz from the very beginning. Another four concerts bring you fascinating Bruckner encounters with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

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Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Vienna: those are only four of the top addresses from which internationally celebrated orchestras depart this summer for Salzburg, where they make up the august circle of guest orchestras. The programmes are full of meaningful allusions and cross-references – for example when Bernard Haitink seems to derive Anton Bruckner’s spirituality from Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung; when a partial performance of Tristan und Isolde (under Daniel Barenboim and with illustrious soloists) pays homage to Bruckner’s idol Richard Wagner; or when Johannes Brahms, in so many ways Bruckner’s opposite, is represented by his Haydn Variations. 2014 is also the year when two legendary musical collectives from London finally return to the Festival after a lengthy absence: the first is the Philharmonia Orchestra with its current Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and its Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi – with Vier letzte Lieder and Don Quixote they celebrate Richard Strauss’ 150th birthday on the concert podium. The Concertgebouw-orkest under Mariss Jansons then follows the tragicomic Man of La Mancha with a portrait of a ‘Munich man’ – the hero of Ein Heldenleben, celebrated with an audible wink. The second London-based orchestra is the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, founded by Neville Marriner and led by Murray Perahia, offering Haydn, Beethoven and classicistic works by Igor Stravinsky – whose sumptuously coloured, fairy-tale Firebird is then pursued by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. Maurice Ravel and Alban Berg seem to be bidding the old world of the 19th century farewell in their fascinating and highly emotional music; our present time is represented by works by Wolfgang Rihm (the world premiere of a piano concerto with Tzimon Barto), Marc-André Dalbavie and others. Alongside all that, Nikolaus Harnoncourt continues his untiring efforts to sharpen his image of Mozart, already uniquely differentiated, further: after all, ‘Art is derived from Must, not Want’ (Schoenberg). 

Walter Weidringer
Translated by Alexa Nieschlag


Concert 2014

by Alexander Pereira and Florian Wiegand

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