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Performer: Vienna Symphony Orchestra

As Vienna’s cultural ambassador and premier concert orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony Orchestra) handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the city. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central role in the orchestra’s many artistic pursuits. The Wiener Symphoniker is one of Europe’s most prestigious ensembles and boasts 128 members. For this reason, the orchestra is precisely the right vehicle for the great Romantic works of Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss that constitute its core repertoire.

With the 2014-15 season, a new era for the orchestra begins, as Philippe Jordan takes up his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker.

The Vienna Musikverein and nearby Konzerthaus are the principal performing venues of the Wiener Symphoniker. The orchestra has also been in residence at the Bregenzer Festspiele since 1946 and continues to maintain close ties to the festival. Beginning in 2006, the orchestra added another feather to its cap: The Wiener Symphoniker now serves as resident opera orchestra for a whole host of stylistically diverse productions taking place at the Theater an der Wien. Periodic international tours to the most important music centers round out the extensive portfolio of this traditional, Viennese orchestra.

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ViennaSchubert, Szymanowski, Ravel

Schubert, Szymanowski, Ravel
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Baiba Skride


Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Wayne Marshall; Michel Camilo

ViennaRautavaara, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov

Rautavaara, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Mikko Franck; Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan

ViennaSt John Passion

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Werner Güra; Adrian Eröd; Genia Kühmeier; Elisabeth Kulman
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A Tchaikovsky-filled Weihnachtskonzert in Vienna

Bronfman attacked the concerto with alacrity and a capacity to draw sound from the piano which was breathtaking.
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The Russian–French Connection in the Musikverein

In the first and last sections dance themes and virtuosic solo work bustle about, playing with percussive elements and darting  from thought to thought like a child whirling elatedly through a festival
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Jurowski and Kavakos at the Musikverein

Jurowski is a wonderful conductor to watch. He carves shapes through his bearing and gesture cleanly, and his indications are crisp and defined - yet he retains poetic fluidity through his hands at all times.
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Say and the Symphoniker lack bite in Ravel and Rachmaninov

The Ravel G-Major piano concerto is in fact a mind-bogglingly virtuosic pianistic endeavor requiring fingers of steel and trills of satin.
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A Lenten lament: St Matthew Passion

Bach is music for the soul, and when excellent musicians are performing it, it cannot fail to be beautiful. Thanks to the considerable strengths of the many involved, there is really no better way to spend a weekend in Lent than lamenting through a Bach Passion in the Konzerthaus. 
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