Lehár, Land des Lächelns



Vienna Philharmonic, Musikverein

Sibelius, Stravinsky

The Philharmoniker, under Valery Gergiev, accentuated the Brucknerian and Schubertian influences in Sibelius‘ 1st Symphony.  Sibelius had conceived this symphony when he studied in Vienna (although he wrote it later).  Bruckner was Sibelius’ favorite living composer, and Schubert was of course Bruckner’s model, so the concept worked.

The concert concluded with the suite from Stravinsky’s Firebird.


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Musikverein (Vienna)

Bruckner, Stenhammar, Sibelius

I have emerged from the vast cathedral of sound that is Bruckner in the Musikverein. Today, a workmanlike performance of his 5th Symphony by Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

As encores, an interlude by Stenhammar and Valse Triste by Sibelius.