Musical journeys with the Vienna RSO and commentary
From Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Antonin Dvořák’s New World Symphony to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta, Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Claude Debussy’s La Mer to the present day.
On the rostrum: Leonard Bernstein, Michael Gielen, Friedrich Cerha, Peter Eötvös, Sylvain Cambreling, Manfred Honeck, David Oistrach and many others, plus every principal conductor in the history of the Vienna RSO: Milan Horvat, Lothar Zagrosek, Pinchas Steinberg, Dennis Russell Davies, Bertrand de Billy and Cornelius Meister.
In the booklet with texts in German and English and on the CD with introductions and commentary by the dependable Ö1 radio team of Elke Tschaikner and Christian Scheib a wide range of musical journeys are conjured up.
The journey begins ecstatically — CD 1 is titled simply “Ecstasy – Ekstase” — with Ravel’s Bolero and music by Edgar Varèse, Alexander Scriabin and Arthur Honegger. Dropping in on the Strauss brothers, Vienna in Hollywood film scores and “dance music for advanced performers” with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky, the journey ultimately covers the whole world: “All the World – Die ganze Welt” is the title of the final adventure with music by Gustav Mahler and John Cage.
Performed by the Vienna RSO
Presented by Ö1
Produced by the ORF
Standard price: €149
€115 for Friends of the RSO, Ö1 Club members and ORF RadioKulturhaus cardholders
12 double CDs are also available individually for €19.90 each.
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