Sunday, 9 April 2017

Berliner Festtage: VPO/Barenboim

Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D, 'Haffner', K385
Schoenberg, Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9
Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C, 'Jupiter', K551

Philharmonie, 7 April 2017

The Staatsoper Berlin’s 2017 Festtage got underway with a visit of the Vienna Philharmonic and a characteristic Daniel Barenboim programme. The two Viennese schools – First and Second – were juxtaposed, unapologetically big-boned Mozart symphonies either side Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony no. 1.

Mozart is too rarely the focus of a modern-instrument symphony orchestra concert in a hall the size of the Philharmonie, and Barenboim showed persuasively that this music can, and arguably more often should, benefit from such an approach. At least, this was certainly the case in a terrific account of the "Haffner" Symphony…

[read the full review at Bachtrack]

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