Sommernachtskonzert 2016 / Summer Night Concert 2016

Sommernachtskonzert 2016 / Summer Night Concert 2016

by Semyon Bychkov
     
 
The tremendous ongoing success of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concerts has spilled over into increased exposure for its Sommernachtskonzert or Summer Night Concert, founded in 2004 and given a big boost by sponsorship from Rolex in 2009. The concert is held in open air at Schönbrunn Palace and draws crowds in excess of 100,000; Sony's engineers have

Overview

The tremendous ongoing success of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concerts has spilled over into increased exposure for its Sommernachtskonzert or Summer Night Concert, founded in 2004 and given a big boost by sponsorship from Rolex in 2009. The concert is held in open air at Schönbrunn Palace and draws crowds in excess of 100,000; Sony's engineers have coped well with this difficult setting. This kind of program, with a series of short works, on the light side but mixing various registers, would have been familiar to audiences of a century ago, and it remains hugely enjoyable. Pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque enter fully into the fun spirit, with their rendition of Poulenc's "Concerto for two pianos in D minor, FP 61," and there are signs that Ravel's "Boléro" is finally starting to shed its association with Bo Derek's film: it pairs nicely and dreamily here with the "Suite No. 2" from "Daphnis et Chloé." The program is framed by foot-tapping favorites, with the "Wiener Blut" of Johann Strauss II as a year-to-year constant finale; Vienna Philharmonic conductor Semyon Bychkov takes just the right tone in these, pushing the tempi for energy but not letting anything get crude. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2016
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0889853135424
catalogNumber:
31354
Rank:
6586

Tracks

  1. Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood), waltz for orchestra, Op. 354 (RV 354)
  2. Orphée aux enfers, operetta: Can-Can
  3. Boléro, ballet for orchestra
  4. Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: Finale. Molto allegro
  5. Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra in D minor, FP 61
  6. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Marche Hongroise (Marche de Rákóczy). Allegro marc
  7. L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra No. 2, from the incidental music (arranged by Ernest Guirard): Farandole. Allegro deciso (Tempo di Marcia) - Alle

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