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Archive: Tschaikowski 5

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal



The Tonkunstler play fate! Was the rousing Finale of Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony really meant to be heroic or was the fake cheering intended as a challenge? Music Director Yutaka Sado and the Tonkunstler Orchestra will present their own interpretation of the «Fifth», which is sometimes known as the Fate Symphony. One thing is for certain: the composer examined the struggle with his own biography in this piece, which is exemplified most clearly by the fate motif in the first movement. His inner conflict, the Romantic spirit of the age, the proverbial Russian soul and moving pathos are all represented in this heart-wrenching testimony of an exceedingly tragic life. No less profound is the first violin concerto by Dmitri Shostakovich. As a result of the accusations levelled against his reputation as an artist by the Soviet regime, he could not publish it in 1948, the year of its composition. As a charming contrast, Joseph Haydn’s very first symphony opens the evening, written in Dolní Lukavice near Plzeň while he was in the service of Count Morzin.

Yutaka Sado


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.

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Chopin & Sibelius

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Chopin & Sibelius

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Chopin & Sibelius

Wien Musikverein | Großer Saal

Joseph Haydn

Symphony in D major Hob. I:1


  • Presto

  • Andante

  • Finale. Presto


11 Min.


Dmitri Schostakowitsch

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in a minor op. 77


  • Nocturno. Moderato

  • Scherzo. Allegro - Poco più mosso

  • Passacaglia. Andante - Cadenza

  • Burlesque. Allegro con brio


34 Min.


Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski

Symphony No. 5 in e minor op. 64


  • Andante - Allegro con anima

  • Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza

  • Valse. Allegro moderato

  • Finale. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace


55 Min.