Summer Night Concert: Schönbrunn 2011

Summer Night Concert: Schönbrunn 2011

by Valery GergievValery Gergiev


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Valery Gergiev's 2011 summer concert at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna was a gala musical event, presenting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in exciting works that showed off its vibrant tone colors, dazzling skills, and breathtaking power. This Deutsche Grammophon release opens with Franz Liszt's "Les Préludes," a grandiose tone poem that is a fitting way to start off a program of spectacular showpieces. This is followed by Fritz Kreisler's glittering "Concerto in One Movement," featuring the talented Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid; Jean Sibelius' "Scene with Cranes," an atmospheric tone painting; Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; then an encore, Johann Strauss' spry polka, "By the Shores of the Danube." As advertised, each work is a "virtuoso picture," or a series of pictures, and the evocative music calls up images that the Vienna Philharmonic creates with high definition and excitement under Gergiev's leadership. There can be no doubt that Gergiev fires up his musicians, even in a studio, but this live setting is especially electric. The high point of the album is surely the kaleidoscopic performance of "Pictures at an Exhibition," which has moments of great beauty and effervescence alongside passages of compelling roughness and earthiness. One senses that Gergiev deeply understands this work and really puts his heart into it, and the VPO plays more convincingly here than in any other work on the program. Deutsche Grammophon's audio quality is exceptional for a live recording, and it will be relished by anyone who enjoys the fantastic sounds of this great orchestra.

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Release Date: 08/16/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 0028947642114
catalogNumber: 1154141


  1. Vom Donaustrande (From Danube Shores), polka schnell for orchestra, Op. 356 (RV 356)
  2. Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for orchestra, orchestrated by Ravel
  3. Scene with Cranes, tone poem for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/2
  4. Concerto in One Movement, for violin & orchestra (after1st mvt. of Paganini's Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6)
  5. Les Préludes, symphonic poem for orchestra, S. 97 (LW G3)

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