Welcome to the season 2019-20
A musical exclamation point stands at the beginning of our season 2019-20: With Chief Conductor Philippe Jordan, whose term ends at the end of the season, the Wiener Symphoniker present the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms on 25/26 and 28/29 September in the Musikverein. This Brahms cycle was already a huge success with audience and critics at this year's Bregenz Festival, as the recordings on the concert platform takt1 show.
Artist in Residence
With the signing of Grammy winner Yefim Bronfman as Artist in Residence 2019-20, the Wiener Symphoniker have undoubtedly landed an artistic coup once again. "Listening to Bronfman is like finding yourself in a crowded room where a particularly profound conversation partner begins to speak and everything suddenly stops to listen to him with attentive attention," the Chicago Sun Times once described Bronfman's effect on his audience. His playing is positively absolutist: it completely captivates everything; leaves no room, time and thoughts for other things. And it never remains the same.
In October Bronfman interprets the two Piano Concertos by Johannes Brahms at the Wiener Konzerthaus. The Second will be played at the traditional National Day Concert, this time conducted by our Principal Guest Conductor Lahav Shani.
In addition to the oeuvre of Johannes Brahms a programmatic focus is dedicated under the title "Milestones" to works that represent important cuts, developments and innovations in the history of music. For example, Philippe Jordan devotes himself to the Bach Renaissance by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, while the young German conductor Joana Mallwitz presents excerpts from Richard Wagner's Die Walküre. later in the season François-Xavier Roth explores the Second Viennese School with u. a. Schönberg's "Pelleas and Melisande" and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto. With Sibelius' First Symphony, Béla Bartók's Music for Strings, Drums and Celesta, or Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring", other works pioneering the formation of new, distinctive musical languages are on the program.
Chamber Music Festival
Every year, the Wiener Symphoniker prove with their traditional chamber music concerts that outstanding musicians can perform excellently without a conductor. The individual programs demonstrate that the foundation of all symphonic work has always been chamber music playing. The first concert of the series on the 15th of November is devoted to the "Bohemian Bach", Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, whose highly original and unconventional works have been rediscovered in recent years.
On 16 November 2019, a new production of an opera masterpiece which unfortunately is far too rarely represented on the repertoire today celebrates its premiere: Gaspare Spontinis La vestale. The premiere in Paris in 1807 brought the composer a triumphant success and established his international breakthrough. The work was shown within a very short time in the whole of Europe and was heard for the first time in Vienna in 1810. At the heart of the plot is a love affair, which - as so often in opera literature - violates convention and therefore can not be. The Roman general Licinius returns victorious after a five-year campaign against the Gauls. In Rome, however, he must learn that his lover Julia during his absence has become a priestess of the Vesta, as she had to promise her father on his deathbed ... At the podium of the performance of this rarity is Bertrand De Billy, under whose direction the Wiener Symphoniker already were heard several times at the Theater an der Wien.
In mid-September we complete our first Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD with the release of the recording of the 9th Symphony. But also in the concert we will - on the occasion of the 250th anniversary year of his birth - again dedicate ourselves to the work of the godfather of classical music.
Under Philippe Jordan, we reconstruct for instance the legendary Große Akademie of 1808 at the Wiener Konzerthaus and on tour in the Paris Philharmonie, and we also perform the five piano concertos with Rudolf Buchbinder.
Music Education & Family Concerts:
Of course there will also be formats and concerts in the 2019-20 season, with which we aim to fascinate new audiences for classical music. For example, the "Klassik-Hits family concerts in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein have become a beloved tradition: the Wiener Symphoniker present great works of the classical repertoire, while presenter Marko Simsa provides the audience with exciting facts and entertaining anecdotes and insights into the music. For the first time, the successful format is dedicated to the rich treasures of Christmas orchestral literature this year.
After the great success of the "Grätzl Concerts", there are now three more dates in the autumn. Making classical music accessible to those who rarely hear concerts by the Wiener Symphoniker is the ultimate goal of this concert format. From the F23 - Cultural Center in Liesing and Simm City to the Reaktor in Hernals, the journey takes us this time, inviting all Viennese women into new and unusual concert venues. In the luggage as usual in rousing-vibrant program.
Conchita in the Wiener Stadthalle
"From Vienna with Love" - under this title, we released a joint CD with Conchita last year. The project was also presented live at an acclaimed concert in the Wiener Konzerthaus in autumn 2018. Anyone who did not get any tickets for the concert highlight that was sold out months in advance, or would like to experience the combination of Viennese classcial sound and pop art live again, finally has the opportunity at the end of November in the Wiener Stadthalle.