Sommernachtskonzert 2016 РKatia & Marielle Lab̬que, Wiener Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov (2016) [Qobuz 24-48]

Sommernachtskonzert 2016 / Summer Night Concert 2016 – Katia & Marielle Labeque, Wiener Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov (2016) 
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The Vienna Philharmonic performs its annual Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, an open air event with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday 26 May, 2016. The Summer Night Concert will be conducted by Seymon Bychkov. The soloists will be Katia and Marielle Labèque.
With this open air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Since 2008 the Vienna Philharmonic have provided an outstanding experience for all visitors. In the recent years the orchestra has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Georges Prêtre and Zubin Mehta Among the previous guest solists: Yefim Bronfman, Benjamin Schmid, Lang Lang and Rudolph Buchbinder.

In 2016 Semyon Bychkov is conducting his first Summer Night Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic in a programme that focuses entirely on French composers and covers the period between Romanticism and Neoclassicism, providing an overview of the vast stylistic range of French music during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The soloists in Poulenc’s Double Concerto in D minor FP 61 will be Katia and Marielle Labèque. This is the first time that this particular work has been played at a Philharmonic concert.

The tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1842, when Otto Nicolai conducted a Grand Concert with all members of the imperial ‘Hof-Operntheater’. This event was originally called ‘Philharmonic Academy’ and is regarded as the origin of the orchestra. Since its founding the orchestra is managed by the administrative committee – a democratically elected body – and works artistically, organizationally and financially autonomous. All decisions are reached on a democratic basis during the general meeting of all members.
Bychov’s approach to music making combines innate musicality with the rigours of Russian pedagogy. With his time carefully balanced between the concert hall and the opera house, Bychkov conducts repertoire that spans four centuries. Bychkov currently holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with whom he appears annually at the BBC Proms

Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Daughters of Ada Cecchi (who was, herself, a pupil of Marguerite Long), Katia and Marielle had a childhood filled with music. Their musical ambitions started at an early age and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music) and have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide.

Tracklist:

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
L’Arlésienne – Suite No.2
1. Farandole 03:53

Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869)
La Damnation de Faust op.24
2. Marche hongroise 05:21

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D Minor, FP 61
3. I. Allegro ma non troppo 07:29
4. II. Larghetto 05:07
5. III. Finale – Allegro molto 06:24
Camille Saint-Säens (1835 – 1921)
Carnival of the Animals, R.125
6. Finale 02:19

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, M.57b
7. I. Lever du jour 05:56
8. II. Pantomime 07:11
9. III. Danse générale 04:03
10. Boléro, M. 81 15:59
Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880)
Orpheus in the Underworld
11. Can-Can 02:42

Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
12. Wiener Blut, Walzer, Op. 354 09:58

Personnel:
Katia Labèque, piano
Marielle Labèque,  piano
Wiener Philharmoniker
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

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