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2013.12.12, Konzerthaus Vienna: Concert performance

Concert

Konzerthaus Wien

12 December 2013

Wiener Philharmoniker, orchestra

Magdalena Kozená, mezzosoprano

Michael Schade, tenor (Christian Elsner was ill)

Simon Keenlyside, baritone

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Programme

Leoš Janácek

Two symphonic Fragments from the Opera „Das schlaue Füchslein“ (“The Cunning Little Vixen”)

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Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde / Eine Symphonie für eine Tenor- und eine Alt-Stimme und Orchester (1907-1908)

 

 Sound bites

dob, Die Presse, 13.12.13

” … Etwa, wenn man für den Alt- (bzw. Bariton-)Part den exemplarisch wortdeutlich artikulierenden Simon Keenlyside engagiert hätte, den man dafür nicht hätte extra einladen müssen, gestaltete er doch zusammen mit der hier ideal besetzten Magdalena Kožená und Michael Schade vorab spannend die Schlussszene aus Leoš Janáčeks „Schlauem Füchslein“. …”

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Inci Birsel December 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

Simon sang the Forrester from the opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” in the first half of the concert.
Again the role was superbly sung. Although a short piece, one who is familiar with Simon’s singing can easily imagine how he magically displayed the color of voice just perfect for the part (and sung in Czech).He took his bow from the stage after the first half. The audience did not have enough of his performance.
Christian Elsner withdrew due to illness and was replaced by Michael Schade. Magdelena Kozená sang elegantly. Simon Rattle can make any orchestra perform as he envisions the music to be expressed.It was a sublime concert.
Sorry that I have no pictures.

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