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Tour Dates

01/12/2019Golden Hall / Vienna, Austria
01/13/2019Golden Hall / Vienna, Austria
01/17/2019Golden Hall / Vienna, Austria
01/18/2019Sala Teatro del LAC / Lugano, Switzerland
01/19/2019Old Opera House / Frankfurt, Germany
01/21/2019Bela Bartok National Concert Hall / Budapest, Hungary
01/22/2019Vienna Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
01/24/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
01/26/2019Haus fur Mozart / Salzburg, Austria
01/30/2019Mozarteum / Salzburg, Austria
02/02/2019Haus fur Mozart / Salzburg, Austria
02/17/2019Auditorium Orchestre National De Lyon / Lyon, France
02/19/2019Queen Elisabeth Hall / Antwerp, Belgium
02/20/2019Barbican Centre / London, UK
02/23/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
02/24/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
02/26/2019Concertgebouw / Amsterdam, Netherlands
03/02/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
03/03/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
03/05/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
03/06/2019Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
03/15/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
03/16/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
03/17/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
03/29/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
03/30/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
03/31/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
04/04/2019Vienna Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
04/06/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
04/07/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
04/08/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
04/09/2019Hannover Congress Centrum / Hannover, Germany
04/12/2019Philharmonie Berlin / Berlin, Germany
04/27/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
04/28/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
05/11/2019Vienna Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
05/12/2019Vienna Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
05/23/2019Kulturpalast Dresden / Dresden, Germany
05/24/2019Cologne Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
05/30/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
05/31/2019Vienna Konzerthaus / Vienna, Austria
06/01/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
06/02/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
06/04/2019Theatre des Champs-Elysees / Paris, France
06/05/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
06/16/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
06/17/2019Musikverein / Vienna, Austria
06/20/2019Schonbrunn Palace / Vienna, Austria
06/28/2019Large Festival Hall / Salzburg, Austria
06/29/2019Large Festival Hall / Salzburg, Austria

Vienna Philharmonic: Bio

There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of its 170 year history, the musicians of this most prominent orchestra of the capital city of music have been an integral part of a musical epoch which due to an abundance of uniquely gifted composers and interpreters must certainly be
regarded as unique.

The orchestra's close association with this rich musical history is best illustrated by the statements of countless pre-eminent musical personalities of the past. Richard Wagner described the orchestra as being one of the most outstanding in the world; Anton Bruckner called it "the most superior musical association"; Johannes Brahms counted himself as a "friend and admirer"; Gustav Mahler claimed to be joined together through "the bonds of musical art"; and Richard Strauss summarized these sentiments by saying: "All praise of the Vienna Philharmonic reveals itself
as understatement."

A Symbiotic Relationship: Vienna State Opera / Vienna Philharmonic
When Hans Knappertsbusch said that the Philharmonic was "incomparable," his comment was correct in more ways than one. One notable aspect of this incomparability is certainly the unique relationship between the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the private association known as the Vienna Philharmonic. In accordance with Philharmonic statutes, only a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra can become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. Before joining the Philharmonic therefore, one must first successfully audition for a position with the State Opera Orchestra and prove oneself capable over a period of three years before becoming eligible to submit an application for membership in the association of the Vienna Philharmonic. The engagement in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra provides the musicians a financial stability which would be impossible to attain without relinquishing their autonomy to private or corporate sponsors. This independence which the Philharmonic musicians enjoy through the opera is returned in kind due to a higher level of artistic performance gained through the orchestra's experience on the concert podium. Without the Vienna State Opera there would be no Vienna Philharmonic as we know it, and in Vienna it is common knowledge that this symbiosis is advantageous for both institutions, and that it greatly enriches the city's musical life.

Artistic and Entrepreneurial Autonomy
Since its inception through Otto Nicolai in 1842, the fascination which the orchestra has exercised upon prominent composers and conductors, as well as on audiences all over the world, is based not only on a homogenous musical style which is carefully bequeathed from one generation to the next, but also on its unique structure and history. The desire to provide artistically worthy performances of the symphonic works of Mozart and Beethoven in their own city led to the decision on the part of the court opera musicians to present a "Philharmonic" concert series independent of their work at the opera, and upon their own responsibility and risk. The organizational form chosen for this new enterprise was democracy, a concept which in the political arena was the subject of bloody battles only six years later.

Democratic Self-administration
Over the course of one and a half centuries, this chosen path of democratic self-administration has experienced slight modifications, but has never been substantially altered. The foremost ruling body of the organization is the full orchestra membership itself. In addition to the yearly general business meeting (required by law), several additional meetings of the full orchestra take place during the year. At these meetings, any and every issue may be brought up and voted upon. In actual practice, numerous decisions are delegated to the twelve elected members of the administrative committee. These members find out at periodically scheduled elections if their decision-making still inspires the trust of the entire orchestra. With the exception of changes to the statutes, which require a 4/5 majority, all decisions are made based on a simple majority, and the execution of those votes is the responsibility of the administrative committee. While the expansion into a mid-sized business enterprise has required the hiring of some extra administrative personnel, it is nevertheless the elected officials, members of the orchestra alone who make decisions and
carry ultimate responsibility.

The Message of Music
The Vienna Philharmonic has made it its mission to communicate the humanitarian message of music into the daily lives and consciousness of its listeners. In 2005 the Vienna Philharmonic was named Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The musicians endeavour to implement the motto with which Ludwig von Beethoven, whose symphonic works served as a catalyst for the creation of the orchestra, prefaced his "Missa Solemnis" - "From the heart,
to the heart".

1 Dvorak - Carnival Concert Overture op. 92 from Armida op. 115  
2 Dvorak - Za stihlou gazelou from Rusalka op. 114  
3 Dvorak - Mesicku na nebi hlubokem - Song to the Moon  
4 Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite op. 66a / Adagio. Pas d?action  
5 Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite op. 66a / Valse  
6 Rachmaninoff - Sumerki op. 21/3* Twilight  
7 Rachmaninoff - Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne! op. 4/4  
8 Rachmaninoff - Vesenniye vody op. 14/11*  
9 Humperdinck - from H?nsel und Gretel / Prelude  
10 John Williams - from Harry Potter / Hedwig?s Theme  
11 Stravinsky - L?Oiseau de feu Ballet Suite / Danse infernale du roi Kachtche?  
12 Stravinsky - L?Oiseau de feu Ballet Suite / Berceuse  
13 Stravinsky - L?Oiseau de feu Ballet Suite / Finale  
14 Smetana - from The Bartered Bride  
15 Smetana - Dance of the Comedians  
16 Johann Strauss II - Wiener Blut Waltz op. 354  
CES 2018 - Pro-ject 175th Anniversary Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Turntable

Summer Night Concert 2017: The Vienna Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach & Renée Fleming

Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of this year's Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn 2017, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach with soprano Renée Fleming as soloist. 

The Summer Night Concert, performed this year on May 25th 2017, is an annual open-air event, which has been held since 2008. The previous series was the "Concert for Europe", which took place from 2004 until 2007. The park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna/Austria is the magical setting for the concert, which is free of charge for all residents and visitors of the city. The illustrious conductors who have previously led the orchestra at this event are Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov.