Viennese waltz with Prussian order for the New Year's concert

Viennese waltz with Prussian order for the New Year's concert

Christian Thielemann showed a sober interpretation on the stage of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Viennese waltz with Prussian order for the New Year's concert

Christian Thielemann made the Vienna Philharmonic brilliant, but not very charming. Image: APA

For the 61st time the ORF performed the New Year's concert, which this year was all about the 150th anniversary of the Vienna State Opera, from whose orchestral members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are recruited. On stage for the first time Christian Thielemann, who was able to win typical Prussian trains from the primitive Austrian repertoire. A non-spectacular New Year's concert, which should have had a bigger effect because of that.


These rollers would be danceable

Compared to previous concerts, in which the conductors had turned to the timbre palette intensively and had attracted an interesting balance between the voices with unknown lectures, Christian Thielmann remained undoubtedly the most elegant all-inclusive sound and more focused on the rhythmic component.

In this way, the actual function of this music was very close, and partially, in step by step pre-excerpting, eliminated the largely extreme rubatas and left the lines in the strict rhythmic flow. As if the entire MusikvereinSaal could dance afterwards. This also opens up new facets, because the relatively free symphonic version of the rollers rarely seem danceable. But that was the very first reason for their creation. So, despite all the tonal disenchantment, you could speak of an approach to the original. Nevertheless, the advancing step fit perfectly with the Mrschen and the fast Polkas, who got the right momentum. Christian Thielemann also found an excellent approach to two works by the Hellmesberger family. For example, the elven orchestra in its fragile orchestration reminded of Mendelssohn and the "Acte Valse & # 39 ;," for the first time during a New Year's concert, was a welcome sensitive contrast with the otherwise rather powerful, rather than charming, rollers, which were nevertheless executed brilliantly. Unspektakulr also the optical conversion on television, in which the choreographies of Andrei Kajdanowskij stand out in the creative costumes of Arthur Arbesser pleasant.

Conclusion: a New Year's concert, that perhaps lacked the magic of the waltz, but that in its tense, down-to-earth interpretation was designed to a broad effect.

Andris Nelsons will conduct the New Year's concert in 2020

The Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will lead the New Year's Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time next year. The music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra have been closely connected to the Philharmonic since 2010, with whom he will release a joint Beethoven cycle on CD this year. One of his celebrated debuts as opera conductor, he gave as mediator for Mariss Jansons in "Carmen" in the Vienna State Opera in 2010. In 2016 he led the world premiere of the clarinet triple concerto by Ivan Erd. Nelsons was born in Riga in 1978 and was considered a shooting star from the classical scene. Promoted by his compatriot Mariss Jansons, he became chief conductor of the Latvian National Opera at the age of 24. Nelsons has been music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2014-15 and since 2015 also works as Gewandhaus Kapellmeister in Leipzig, after his position as chief executive at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (2008-2014).

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