Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Concert

Want some wonderful background music for your end-of-summer parties, winter get-togethers or just chore times around the house? Consider buying the DVD for the “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015,” but for now watch it on TV or online. Guest conductor Zubin Mehta conducts the world famous Vienna Philharmonic for its 12th open-air concert in the gardens of Austrai’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace during May. The concert broadcasts on Friday, 28 August 2015, 9 p.m. on PBS and will be available online there after.

The program features Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder who plays Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor,”a piece that was first performed in Copenhagen in 1868.  He also plays “Soirée de Vienne”by pianist and composer Alfred Grünfeld. Grünfeld, who was born in Vienna in 1852, was inspired by the waltzes of Johann Strauss.

The full musical program is:

“Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare op. 109″” –Richard Strauss

“Piano Concerto in A minor”(Buchbinder soloist)–Edvard Grieg

“Soirée de Vienne”(Buchbinder soloist)–Alfred Grünfeldt

“Rustle of Spring, op. 32, Nr. 3”–Christian Sinding

“Peer-Gynt Suite Nr. 1, op. 46”–Edvard Grieg

“Finlandia, Tondichtung op. 26/7”–Jean Sibelius

“Copenhagener Eisenbahm Dampf Galopp”–“Hans Christian Lumbrye

“Wiener Blut, ‘Viennese Spirit’ Waltz”–Johann Strauss II

The “Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015″is a production of ORF in collaboration with the Wiever Philharmoniker in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET.

If you think you need to understand more about how the piano should be played or how some of these original works were meant to be played before audiences, this concert will give you some notion of who the elite classes were entertained and how now in Europe that has changed.

The concert broadcasts on Friday, 28 August 2015, 9 p.m. on PBS and will be available online there after.



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