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St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

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Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 3 for Choir, Boy's Choir, Speaker, Soprano and Orchestra «Kaddish»

Kaddish: one of the most important Jewish prayers, spoken above all in remembrance of the dead and at the grave. «Kaddish» is also the name chosen by Leonard Bernstein for his expansive, moving Third Symphony. Dedicated to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated just a few weeks before the world premiere in 1963, the work offers a profound personal engagement with the Jewish tradition as well as with non-denominational crises of faith, with death, suffering and loss – and ends with a glimmer of hope. In 1977 Bernstein revised the work; since then it has managed to establish itself as one of his most compelling pieces in the concert hall. The boldest hopes also prevail in Beethoven’s only opera. In his great, third «Leonore» overture, which Yutaka Sado presents at the start of the concert, the whole plot, which concerns the rescue of an innocent man from prison, is summarised grippingly in symphonic form. After so much drama and passion, the bright purity of Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major KV 219 is just the tonic.

Johannes Prinz

Johannes Prinz

Biography

Johannes Prinz, Artistic Director of the Vienna Singverein and the Vienna Chamber Choir, and Professor for Choral Conducting at the University for Music in Graz, was born into a family of teachers in Graz and grew up in a musical environment. Prinz moved to Vienna in order to pursue his musical education, and counted among his teachers Ferdinand Grossmann – the legendary director of the Vienna Boys Choir – and Erwin Ortner. Prinz completed his studies in Music Education and his training as a teacher of singing with distinction. Alongside this, he studied Conducting and sang in the ORF (Austrian Television and Radio) Choir and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, in which latter he was soon gaining valuable experience as assistant conductor.

From 1982 onwards, Johannes Prinz conducted the choir of the Vienna University of Economics, which, under its abbreviated name, the W.U. Choir, advanced under Prinz’s direction to become one of the leading vocal ensembles in Austria. Up until 1998, Prinz also directed the Chamber Choir of the Vienna Music College. In 1991, he took up the baton as conductor of the Vienna Singverein, joining at a moment when the choir’s reputation for excellence was at a peak. Prinz has additional been conductor of the Vienna Chamber Choir since 1995.

Johannes Prinz has been able to pass on his pedagogic skills and his experience of directing choirs at the Vocal Week in Wolfsberg – which he founded himself – and, since 1985, at the University for Music and Arts in Vienna. Today, Johannes Prinz is University Professor for choral conducting at the University for Music in Graz.

Correct as of

2004

Participations

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Wiener Sängerknaben

Biography

 

 

Correct as of

2013

Participations

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Bernstein: Kaddish

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

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

«Leonore» Overture No. 3 op. 72b

Movements

  • Adagio - Allegro

Duration

14 Min.

Creation

1806
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A major KV 219

Movements

  • Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto

  • Adagio

  • Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro - Tempo di Menuetto

Duration

29 Min.

Creation

1775