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2011 Event Media Release - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Media Release: Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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conducted by
Christoph Eschenbach 
Matthias Goerne (baritone)

“…the sound of this orchestra (the Vienna Philharmonic) simply is extraordinary, wherever it plays.” The Telegraph (London)

“Mr. Eschenbach, a compelling Bruckner interpreter, brought a sense of structure and proportion to the music without diminishing the qualities of humility and awe that make it so gripping. His tempos were broad but never leisurely, his instrumental balances impeccable.” New York Times

From 29 September to 7 October 2011, the Vienna Philharmonic returns to Australia following the Orchestra’s first ever Australian concerts at Sydney Opera House in 2006. The Vienna Philharmonic can trace its origins back to 1842 and has received innumerable prizes, gold and platinum record-awards, national decorations and honorary memberships in countries throughout the world.  There is no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than this world famous orchestra.

Christoph Eschenbach is renowned as both conductor and pianist. He has been Music Director of the Houston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and is currently Music Director for both the National Symphony Orchestra (USA) and the Kennedy Centre in Washington. Eschenbach studied conducting with Georges Szell and for 25 years had Herbert von Karajan as his mentor.  He is a regular guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Matthias Goerne studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and is regularly invited to perform with orchestras, in operas and in recitals across Europe and North America. This will be his first visit to Australia.

The Vienna Philharmonic will tour to Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.

“His (Goerne’s) warm, companionable baritone, soft-grained and dark-toned, is consistently a pleasure to hear” Gramophone

For Sydney Opera House, the Vienna Philharmonic concerts are the latest in a series of performances as part of its World Orchestras Program, including the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta in 2008, the London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski in 2009 (which also toured to Brisbane and Perth) and the Berlin Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle in 2010 (which also toured to Perth). 

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 2011
Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach  Guest Baritone: Matthias Goerne

Wednesday 5th October, Thursday 6th October, Friday 7th October
Sydney Opera House


Program A:
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor – “Unfinished”
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (with Matthias Goerne)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F  

Program B:
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E Flat  – “Romantic”

Christopher Wynton, Sydney Opera House / 0403 461 005 / 02 9250 7836


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