Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2017

Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2017

by Renée Fleming


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Sommernachtskonzert (Summer Night Concert) 2017

The Vienna Philharmonic's 2017 Sommernachtskonzert or Summer Night Concert was recorded on May 25 at Schönbrunn Castle and was on the streets before the summer was even out, so if you saw the concert and it's still fresh in your mind, here you go. These concerts are major events of the Viennese summer, with attendance upwards of 100,000, and to an extent, they consist of giving the people what they want. The conductorship rotates among different A-listers, and for 2017 Christoph Eschenbach was invited back just three years after his 2014 appearance, and perhaps he felt justified in experimenting a bit; even the traditional closing-number "Wiener-Blut" is gone. The results are generally good. The superstar on hand is soprano Renée Fleming, and the album is worth the purchase price for the pair of Dvorák arias she sings at the beginning. Sample "Mesicku na Nebi Hlubokem," from "Rusalka," for a taste of the still-considerable Fleming magic. The rather dark Rachmaninov pieces in the middle of the program were perhaps a less-inspired choice, although you can see where Eschenbach was going with "Sumerki" (Twilight) just corresponding with the end of the long Viennese summer evening. Things pick up again with the unexpected and certainly unconventional pairing of John Williams and Stravinsky's "The Firebird" toward the end, and Smetana's "Dance of the Comedians" from "The Bartered Bride" makes a fresh encore that fits this rather Slavic Wiener Sommernacht. An offbeat choice in the series, nicely recorded at the acoustically unforgiving Schloss by the Berlin Teldex engineering team.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2017
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0889854259327
catalogNumber: 542593
Rank: 64276


  1. Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Dance of the Comedians. Vivace
  2. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: VII. Finale
  3. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: VI. Berceuse
  4. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet in 2 scenes for orchestra: V. Danse Infernale Du Roi Kachtcheï
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, film score: Hedwig's Theme: Misterioso
  6. Hänsel und Gretel, opera: Prelude: Ruhige, nicht zu langsame Bewegung - Munt
  7. Spring waters, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/11
  8. Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
  9. Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/3
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a: V. Valse: Allegro (Tempo di valse)
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a: II. Adagio. Pas D'Action: Andante - Adagio maestos
  12. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Mésícku Na Nebi Hlubokém
  13. Armida, opera, B. 206 (Op.115): Za Štíhlou Gazelou: As I merrily pursued a gazelle
  14. Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92)

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