New Year’s Eve Concert //
Conductor: Stefan Solyom
Soloist: Alban Gerhardt, Violoncello
Friedrich Gulda Concerto for violoncello und orchestra for wind instruments
Musicalmelodies from Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan
Friedrich Gulda was a man of many talents, a »Jack of all trades« so to speak. He achieved world fame as a pianist and raised the bar with his extraordinary interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven. As an educator, he cultivated outstanding pianists like the Argentinean Martha Argerich. As a jazz musician, he strived to surmount the division of »serious« and »light« music, and as a performer, he could drive concert organisers up a wall with his unannounced programme changes. Gulda’s Concerto for Violoncello and Wind Orchestra also tests the limits of what can be done; for soloists, the piece demands a high level of technical mastery. At the same time, Gulda plays with the clichés of Austrian folk music and composes a declaration of love to the Salzkammergut.
In the second part of our concert, we leave the Alpine idylls for the bright lights of London’s West End and Broadway to witness the rise and heyday of the world of musicals.
George Gershwin: Ouverture zu »Strike up the band«
George Gershwin: »Ein Amerikaner in Paris«
Friedrich Gulda: Konzert für Violoncello und Blasorchester
– Pause –
Rodgers / Hammerstein: Ouverture zu »South Pacific«
Rodgers / Hammerstein: Orchestersuite aus »The Sound of Music«
Arthur Sullivan: »Pineapple Poll« - Ausschnitte aus der Ballettsuite (Arr. Charles Mackerras)
Arthur Sullivan: »Mikado« - Ouverture