Anyone who knows the enthusiasm of the Russian-Israeli pianist Yevgeny Kisin knows that a Saturday afternoon concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra could be a pioneer in the field of classical music. But it is the new pairing that has caused a stir since the Salzburg Festival and its furious “Kata Kabanova”: the combination of Jakub Hrussa on stage and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on stage. Yesterday, they both rightfully received exceptional applause at the Musikvereinsaal.
The fixed seat in the middle was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Principal Piano Concerto, KV 488, with two special bag appearances. But anyone still wondering who will fill the vacant place for singer Mare Hrusa can now be sure: Hrusa, born Mare Hrusa, has just been appointed to the Music Directorship of London’s Royal Opera House from 2025. Not only can he – he will be. .
strength and accuracy
His orchestral conducting of Antonin Dvorak’s Othello Concerto Holiday in F sharp minor, Op. 93, and, last but not least, Witold Lutoslawski’s classic from the 1950s, Concerto for Orchestra, demonstrate Hrosa’s mastery in wanting to conduct the orchestra in breadth and precision every time he points to the point.
All in all, the history of music becomes experienced when Totoslavsky’s “Dies Irae” is juxtaposed with the musical language of Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and Shostakovich’s symphonic work to locate post-1945 music, also against totalitarian regimes. Hrusa and the Philharmonic read the work in a spirit of great liberation. And at the same time tame the strength that is in this work.
In the end, Musikverein is in great ecstasy, which brings the conductor back to the stage four more times. It appears that new expectations are set for the future.
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