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Grafenegg Auditorium

Instrumentation

  • Carolyn Sampson, soprano
  • Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

Programmes

How brightly the park at Grafenegg will shine once again this year in the splendour of the approaching festive season! And yet one star will be particularly bright on two evenings in December: Carolyn Sampson, the English soprano with timbre as clear as a bell. Mozart’s festal «Exsultate, jubilate» and Haydn’s aria «Ein’ Magd, ein’ Dienerin» are at the heart of this Christmas programme, framed by ballet music from two very different composers. Stravinsky described his «Pulcinella» Suite as a «look in the mirror» – a colourful one at that, for the ballet is pervaded by the spirit of the Commedia dell’arte. Tchaikovsky’s «Nutcracker» radiates the joyful mood of the Advent season and if you too fancy something sweet after the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, just use your concert ticket to visit the Grafenegger Advent Christmas fair!

Igor Strawinski

Suite from the Ballet «Pulcinella»

Movements

  • Sinfonia

  • Serenata

  • Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino

  • Tarantella

  • Toccata

  • Gavotta (con due variazioni)

  • Vivo

  • Minuetto - Finale

Duration

22 Min.

Creation

1922/1949
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

«Exsultate, jubilate» Motet for Soprano and Orchestra in F major KV 165

Movements

  • Exsultate, Jubilate. Allegro

  • Fulget amica, Dies. Rezitativ

  • Tu Virginum Corona. Andante

  • Alleluja. Molto Allegro

Duration

15 Min.

Creation

1773
Joseph Haydn

«Ein' Magd, ein' Dienerin. Cantilena pro Adventu» Aria Hob. XXIIId:1

Movements

  • Moderato

Duration

7 Min.

Creation

ca. 1770-75
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski

«The Nutcracker» Ballet suite op. 71a

Movements

  • I. Miniatur-Ouvertüre. Allegro giusto

  • II. Charaktertänze:

  • a) Marsch. Tempo di marcia viva

  • b) Tanz der Zuckerfee. Andante non troppo

  • c) Russischer Tanz. Tempo di Trepak, molto vivace

  • d) Arabischer Tanz. Allegretto

  • e) Chinesischer Tanz. Allegro moderato

  • f) Tanz der Rohrflöten. Moderato assai

  • III. Blumenwalzer. Tempo di Valse

Duration

25 Min.

Creation

1892