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The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival

30 AUG 2013

published in: Opera, Concert, General

Vienna Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta
The Vienna Philharmonic has always been one of the main pillars of the Salzburg Festival. “Without the Vienna Philharmonic, there might be a festival in Salzburg, but it would not be the Salzburg Festival.” Clearer words than those of President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler in her interview with Die Presse can hardly be found to describe the role of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Festival.

“The experienced, cultivated Vienna Philharmonic – such threatening winds, and what a cello solo for Filippo’s aria! – (…) another reason to rejoice” – that was the opinion of the Salzburger Nachrichten about the production Don Carlo. Not only this opera, but also Falstaff, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Così fan tutte were in the hands of this orchestra in a total of 23 performances at the highest level – counting the concerts, the musicians performed no less than 34 times this summer.

The concert series of the Vienna Philharmonic, with conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti and Lorin Maazel, was also rightfully celebrated by audience and critics. Thus, the Kurier wrote about the felicitous Festival opening: “With a much-celebrated interpretation of Haydn’s Seasons, Harnoncourt, the Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus presented a successful launch of this year’s concert programme.” Or, on the interpretation of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5: “With excellent soloists in all the instrument groups, the many nuances of this piece, with all its enormous difficulties of interpretation, were rendered with unflagging tension, clear contours and radiant progressions.”

And as the President of the Salzburg Festival already said: “The Vienna Philharmonic remains the heart of the Festival.” We are grateful for innumerable beautiful moments of music, and another great season mastered together!