Fabio Luisi, Arabella Steinbacher, The Tonkünstler Orchestra

Mozart: Violin Concerto in A major KV 219 & Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73
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Mozart's "Turkish" Violin Concerto in A major begins with an intoxicating "allegro aperto", an "open" allegro which makes for a festive and upbeat opening to the evening. The concerto owes its nickname to its third movement, which contains elements of alla turca where Mozart demonstrates his mastery of instrumentation: here, "typically" Turkish percussion is imitated by the low string instruments. The soloist is Arabella Steinbacher, who takes an elegant and restrained approach to Mozart's music, resisting the temptation to assert her own voice too loudly, and giving the music a warm, almost romantic tone. Equally thrilling is conductor Fabio Luisis: As an expert in late-romantic opera, he has a reputation for being unpretentious, rhythmically precise, and faithful to the essence of the music. This is followed in the second part by Brahms' Second Symphony, supposedly a response to Beethoven's Pastorale. The tone is relaxed and upbeat, and the work is full of references to nature and orchestral idylls. In the first movement, Brahms quotes himself in a moment of opulence: The secondary theme is borrowed from his Guten Abend, gute Nacht. It's music that promises to take on a life of its own in the open-air surroundings of the Grafenegg Festival.


In cooperation with the Grafenegg Festival.

Note: the Grafenegg Festival takes place outdoors. In the event of sudden changes to the weather, the beginning of the concert may be delayed by up to 60 minutes. In such cases, we will provide regular updates to keep you informed. 

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recorded at 08/27/2020, 07:00pm (CEST)
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Interview with Arabella Steinbacher
  • Interview
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto A major, K. 219
  • I. Allegro aperto
  • II. Adagio
  • III. Rondeau
Encore: Eugene Ysaye: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor
  • IV. Les furies
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 D major, Op. 73
  • I. Allegro non troppo
  • II. Adagio non troppo
  • III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino)
  • IV. Allegro con spirito