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Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg

Bruckner's Seventh & Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

The Vienna Philharmonic, Bernard Haitink & Emanuel Ax
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The 2019 Salzburg Festival comes to a close with a program full of symphonic grandeur: Bernard Haitink conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Large Festival House. It may be one of his final concerts, as the 90-year-old maestro intends to bring his extensive conducting career to an end this year. This double farewell calls for a weighty program, with Bruckner's Seventh, the work gave the composer his late breakthrough as a symphonic composer. The coda of the slow movement is especially grave: Bruckner wrote it shortly after hearing of Richard Wagner's death. The entire work is like a mountaineering expedition, arriving at the summit in the very middle of the work with the C major Adagio. Some critics praised Bruckner as the "greatest symphonic composer since Beethoven." And so it's fitting that the first half of the concert should be devoted to Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4. The predecessor to his celebrated Emperor Concerto, it is arguably no less significant. In the work, Beethoven set new artistic standards, expanding the role of the orchestra in the solo concerto. In spite of all its typical Beethoven contrasts, it is without question his most lyrical piano concerto.

 

 

 

A coproduction of the Salzburger Festspiele and Unitel.

 

  

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recorded at 08/31/2019, 05:00am (EDT)
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The Vienna Philharmonic & Haitink: The Final Concert of the 2019 Salzburg Festival

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 G major op. 58

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 G major op. 58
  • I. Allegro moderato
  • II. Andante con moto
  • III. Rondo. Vivace
Encore
  • Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in A minor Op. 34/2
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 E major WAB 107
  • I. Allegro moderato
  • II. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
  • III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
  • IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 G major op. 58