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Grafenegg Wolkenturm

Instrumentation

  • Alumni des European Union Youth Orchestra, orchestra
  • Camilla Nylund, soprano
  • Elena Zhidkova, mezzosoprano
  • Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
  • René Pape, bass
  • Wiener Singverein, choir
  • Christoph Peham, horn
  • Sebastian Löschberger, horn
  • Franz Pickl, horn
  • Michel Gasciarino, horn
  • , trumpet
  • Josef Bammer, trumpet
  • Andreas Eitzinger, trombone
  • Gabriel Antão, trombone
  • Erik Hainzl, bass trombone
  • Yutaka Sado, conductor

Programmes

Christian Jost
Fanfare for 9 brass players
Christian Jost
«An die Hoffnung» for Tenor and Orchestra after the song by Ludwig van Beethoven op. 94
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Freedom, fraternity and humanity – this is what Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stands for. It opens the 10th Grafenegg Festival and, as befits Beethoven the great European, the Tonkünstler Orchestra is joined by 22 alumni of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). Top soloists Klaus Florian Vogt, René Pape, Camilla Nylund and Elena Zhidkova sing the «Ode to Joy», while in Beethoven’s «Coriolan» Overture, it is a ruler’s despair that is the theme. Composer in Residence Christian Jost starts things off with his Fanfare, a commission for the Grafenegg Festival. The premiere of his new work also centres around Beethoven: it features the song «An die Hoffnung» – also sung by Klaus Florian Vogt – and embeds it within Jost’s unique, modern soundscape, connecting past and present. A grand opening for the jubilee: director Michael Sturminger creates a multimedia performance that takes stock of today’s world through the prism of Shakespeare’s sonnet 66th Words, song, theatre, music, fi lm and electronics carry it all to our ears, eyes and hearts. The history of Europe is told in fast-forward and music’s significance as the expression of joyfulness, self-assurance and community is celebrated. Throughout the day, young ensembles from the Grafenwörth Music School bring the castle grounds to life through music.

Yutaka Sado

Biography

Born in Kyoto, Yutaka Sado is considered among the most eminent Japanese conductors of our time. With the start of the 15-16 season, he assumes the position of Music Director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich. Frequent collaborations with world-renowned orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Bavarian, North German, South-West German and West German Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Dresden and Hamburg Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Roma, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

A long-time assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, he has won some of the most distinguished conducting awards worldwide, including the Premier Grand Prix of the 39th International Conducting Competition in Besançon and the Grand Prix of the first Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Conducting Competition. His close ties with his mentor led to his appointment as «conductor in residence» at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, which was founded by Bernstein. Sado also had the privilege of taking part in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. Yutaka Sado has been Artistic Director of the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Principal Conductor of the PAC Orchestra since 2005. The PAC’s three concert halls now attract over 70.000 visitors a year, making it one of the most notable concert venues in Japan. Sado is very well known in Japan, not least due to his weekly TV show in which the conductor takes on the role of presenter to give Japanese lovers of music an understanding of the world of classical music. Yutaka Sado’s career outside of Japan started in France, where he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux in Paris in 1993. The charismatic orchestra director has also been among the most popular guest conductors with the Orchestre de Paris for many years, and he is probably the only conductor ever to conduct all four of the major Parisian orchestras in one season.  He gave his Italian opera debut in Turin with «Peter Grimes» by Britten in a production by Willy Decker in 2010. Since then, he has been working for the Teatro Regio on a regular basis.  CD productions by Yutaka Sado and the DSO Berlin include recordings for AVEX (Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto featuring Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji). He has recorded works by Ibert (Naxos), Ravel, Chabrier (Erato/Warner) and Satie (Erato) with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux. With the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France he has recorded three CDs featuring French repertoire (Dukas, Bizet, Offenbach), works by Leonard Bernstein (Chichester Psalms and Symphony No. 3 «Kaddish» with Karita Mattila and Yehudi Menuhin as narrator) and works by Berlioz, Wagner and Liszt respectively. Moreover, he recorded a CD of opera arias (Erato/Warner) with Karita Mattila and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Correct as of

2015

Participations

Bernstein & Friends

Grafenegg Auditorium

Bernstein & Friends

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein & Friends

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Bernstein & Friends

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Do you love Bernstein

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Beethoven

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Beethoven

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Beethoven

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Subscription Concert

Baden Casino | Festsaal

Symphonic Motown

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Symphonic Motown

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Ode to Joy

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Shostakovich 5

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Shostakovich 5

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Shostakovich 5

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Dvorák 8

Grafenegg Auditorium

Dvorák 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Dvorák 8

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Dvorák 8

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Ludwig van Beethoven

Overture to Collin's tragedy «Coriolan» op. 62

Movements

  • Allegro con brio

Duration

8 Min.

Creation

1807
Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony for Soli, Choir and Orchestra No. 9 in d minor op. 125

Movements

  • Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso

  • Molto vivace - Presto

  • Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato

  • Finale. Presto - Allegro assai

Duration

70 Min.

Creation

1822-1824