In two concerts, the venerated Wiener Symphoniker honoured its heritage with a gala concert dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Franz Lehár, the king of Viennese operetta, while embarking upon another grand era with an inaugural concert led by its new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
An exuberant celebration of the grand Viennese tradition
Crafted and honed by legendary conductors including Furtwängler, Karajan, Sawallisch and Giulini, the Wiener Symphoniker boasts 120 years of rich cultural heritage and musical excellence along with an impressive catalogue of recordings. To this day, the orchestra remains a cherished institution in Vienna and around the world.
With Andrés Orozco-Estrada as its new music director, the Wiener Symphoniker launched a grand new chapter with this festive programme of Viennese works in its 2020/21 Inaugural Concert. Ein Heldenleben embeds the signature Viennese sound of the ensemble and its mastery of the repertoire of Richard Strauss. Lyric soprano Christiane Karg joins the orchestra in excerpts from Korngold’s Einfache Lieder, as well as the ever-popular Marietta’s Lied from his opera Die tote Stadt.
Carlijn Metselaar Fanfare: Vorfreude
Korngold Excerpts from Sechs Einfache Lieder, Op 9 Schneeglöckchen Ständchen Liebesbriefchen Sommer
“Glück das mir verblieb” from the opera Die tote Stadt, Op 12
Soprano: Christiane Karg
Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada Approx 1 hr 30 mins