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Aug 18

With Jakub Hrůša at the Grafenegg Festival

Grafenegg, Wolkenturm
19:30 Uhr

As the philosopher Aurelius Augustinus said: »The world is a book, and those who do not travel see only one page.« We will be visiting Grafenegg for the first time. This Lower Austrian town is home to one of Europe’s most important orchestra festivals under the artistic direction of Rudolf Buchbinder. Grafenegg provides a breathtaking setting with its century-old trees, winding paths, romantic castle and spectacular performance venues – both an idyll for the senses and a musical paradise: sound meets scenery, nature and architecture merge to form an artistic whole. We will be performing under the baton of our principal conductor on the award-winning open-air stage in the castle gardens bearing the fairy-tale name »Wolkenturm«, the »tower of clouds«. Nikolai Znaider will conjure up the virtuoso magic of Brahms’ violin concerto – much of which was written in Austria: Hamburg-born Brahms spent many holidays on the Wörthersee and once told Eduard Hanslick that there were so many melodies flying around in Carinthia that one had to be careful not to step on them! Early critics already sensed »moments of highest poetic beauty« in his violin concerto. Our programme will also include excerpts from »Má vlast (My Fatherland)« by Smetana, who always believed that »music says the unsayable«. His musical epic spans the triumphs and low points of Bohemian history, local legends and magnificent depictions of the landscape – a monument in sound, full of poetic images, and a superlative cycle of »Symphonic Tales«!

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider Violin

Johannes Brahms Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77
Bedřich Smetana »Mein Vaterland«, daraus »Vyšehrad«, »Die Moldau«, Šárka, »Aus Böhmens Hain und Flur«

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