Sunday, August 16, 2015 - Start: 11:00 AM

PYOTR I. TCHAIKOVSKY - Concert for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 35, JOHANNES BRAHMS - Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Motive Vienna Philharmonic, © Salzburger Festspiele / Luigi Caputo
Motive Vienna Philharmonic, © Salzburger Festspiele / Luigi Caputo
Giving a work’s first performance, and thereby influencing its shape to a certain extent, is an honour and a responsibility. In Salzburg, the Vienna Philharmonic illuminates its own role in music history: during this and the coming Festival summer, the legendary orchestra performs a selection of those great works whose first performance it gave, or which are closely linked with its own history. For example, Johannes Brahms’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, conducted by Hans Richter at their premieres, will now be performed by Riccardo Muti and Semyon Bychkov; Daniel Barenboim interprets Mahler’s Ninth, which Bruno Walter could only introduce to the public after the composer’s death. Anton Bruckner first worked directly with the members of the Vienna Philharmonic for the world premiere of his great Mass in F minor – the felicitous beginning of a relationship that then turned difficult for long stretches; 20 years later the orchestra gave a triumphant premiere of his Symphony No. 8, conducted by Hans Richter. This monumental work will be led by Bernard Haitink, a doyen of today’s conductors, while the Mass will rest in the hands of a representative of the younger generation, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Franz Schmidt, a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and principal cellist of the Court Opera Orchestra, is commemorated by his Symphony No. 2, with Semyon Bychkov as his champion. And in the case of Bohuslav Martinu and Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, the orchestra’s history converges with the Festival’s: Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca had its world premiere in Salzburg in 1956 under Rafael Kubelík. And Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates a memorable anniversary with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto: she played the same work here exactly 30 years ago – conducted at the time by Herbert von Karajan.


Conductor: Riccardo Muti | Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic