No.she014   October 19, 2018

Daiwa House Special
Franz Welser-Möst conducts Wiener Philharmoniker
November 19-24, 2018

Suntory Hall hosts Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2018 in November.
Founded in 1842, the Wiener Philharmoniker celebrated its 175th anniversary last year. The orchestra has been closely associated with the rich musical history and tradition of Vienna, the capital city of music, and it continues to enthrall audiences all over the world with its unique and incomparable sound.

Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan, an annual residency similar to Wiener Philharmoniker Week in New York, began in 1999 to give Japanese audiences a regular opportunity to enjoy this renowned orchestra. This year is its sixteenth edition, and it continues to contribute to the development of Japan music culture. At the helm will be Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra, former Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper and a frequent collaborator with the Wiener Philharmoniker. Welser-Möst and the orchestra have performed together regularly, at Vienna’s Musikverein – including the famous New Year’s Concert – and at many festivals including the Lucerne Festival and the BBC Proms. They last performed together in Japan in 2010.

This year, Wiener Philharmoniker Week at Suntory Hall will open with a Special Chamber Music Concert (November 19) with an operatic theme – which is fitting as all members of the Wiener Philharmoniker are also players of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Various ensembles from the orchestra will entertain the audience with arrangements of excerpts from well-known operas such as Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Bizet’s “Carmen” and Wagner’s “Lohengrin”.

There are three main orchestral concerts (November 20, 23, 24). The soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 (November 20) is the celebrated Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang, and in Brahms’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (November 24), the solo parts will be performed by the orchestra’s concertmaster Volkhard Steude and principal cellist Peter Somodari.

As in previous years, there are education and outreach events including a bassoon masterclass by the principal player Harald Müller (November 21), a free open rehearsal (November 23) and a school program (November 20).

The Wiener Philharmoniker has built close ties with Japan, and after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the orchestra offered a donation of one million euros to help people recover from the disaster. The Suntory Group matched the amount and set up the “Wiener Philharmoniker and Suntory Music Aid Fund”, which continues to provide support through music in the Tohoku region as well as in Kumamoto.

Wiener Philharmoniker and Suntory Music Aid Fund <Video, 6m45s>:
SUNTORY -The Heart of Harmony-The Vienna Philharmonic and Suntory Music Aid Fund (2016)

Suntory Hall Concerts: Dates and Programs
Monday, 19 November, 7 p.m.
Opening Chamber Music Special
Musicians of the Wiener Philharmoniker
R. Strauss: String Sextet from “Capriccio”
Bizet: Excerpts from “Carmen ” (Double Bass Quartet)
Popper: Concert Polonaise, Op. 14 (Cello Quartet)
Mascagni: Intermezzo from “Cavalleria rusticana” (Cello Quartet, Harp)
Wagner: Prelude from “Lohengrin” (Violin Ensemble)
Mozart: Medley of “Le nozze di Figaro” by Harmoniemusik (Woodwind Ensemble)
Wagner: “Träume” from “Wesendonck” Lieder (Chamber Ensemble)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Chamber Ensemble)
Weber: “Jägerchor” from “Der Freischütz” (Horn Quartet)
Bernstein: The Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” (Percussion Ensemble)
Freiberg: Ausseer Fanfare (Trombone Ensemble)

Tuesday, 20 November, 7 p.m.
Wiener Philharmoniker
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Mozart: “Die Zauberflöte” Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Friday, 23 November, 4 p.m.
Wiener Philharmoniker
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major (Nowak Edition)

Saturday, 24 November, 4 p.m.
Wiener Philharmoniker
Volkhard Steude, violin
Peter Somodari, violoncello
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Dvořák: “Karneval” Overture
Brahms: Double Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Cello
Wagner (arr.Welser-Möst): “Götterdämmerung” from “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, Excerpts

Full listings of the Wiener Philharmoniker Week in Japan 2018 can be found at the following:

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