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Wiener Philharmoniker

Riccardo Muti | direction 

Riccardo Muti and the Wiener Philharmoniker for a masterful demonstration of musical complicity.

Riccardo Muti
Riccardo Muti © © Todd Rosenberg Photography
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Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Symphony No.2

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Between Maestro Muti, one of the greatest conductors of the last 50 years, and the Wiener Philharmoniker, there is a long and rich history. With his jet-black hair and penetrating gaze, Riccardo Muti fully embodies his Neapolitan origins, even if artistically he considers himself an adopted Viennese since Karajan invited him to conduct Donizetti's Don Pasquale in Salzburg in 1971. It was there that the first meeting between the conductor and the musicians took place, since the Salzburg Festival is the summer residence of the Viennese. Since then, concerts and opera performances have followed one another, weaving a long and solid musical complicity, crowned by a record number of invitations to conduct the famous New Year's concert. This will be the sixth time that Riccardo Muti will be at the baton of this extraordinary concert on 1 January 2021. For this new Parisian concert together (this will also be their 6th concert as part of the Orchestra's residency at the Theatre), Maestro will open the programme with the overture by Mendelssohn with its poetic and symbolic title, followed by two major pieces from the Viennese repertoire. Calm and voluptuousness, one might think, but above all the summit of musical plenitude between a conductor and musicians.

PRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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