Vienna Young Philharmonic, Elisabeth Waglechner and Michael Lessky, playing Schumann and Mozart.
“Im Tale blühet Frühling auf” (In the valley, Spring is bursting into bloom): a line from the poem by Adolph Böttger which inspired Robert Schumann to write his first symphony. Fresh from his wedding to Clara Wieck, and in a veritable frenzy of creativity, the composer “in a blissful state” produced his draft of the score over the course of a few days in January 1841. The work, which soon received its premiere performance on 31st March in Leipzig under Felix Mendelssohn, became known as the “Spring Symphony”, even though it was not a piece of programme music.
Having said that, Schumann did compose this work “under that springtime force which ambushes each man afresh every year, and continues to enrapture him well into old age”. So it’s very fitting that the musicians of the Vienna Young Philharmonic under Michael Lessky should play this work to greet the Spring season, which starts on 20th March.
Also on the programme, as part of the “Mozart in my hands” series, is Mozart’s “Coronation Concerto” KV 537. This a chance to hear the young Austrian pianist Elisabeth Waglechner. A year ago, this 23-year old musician swept the board in the Mozart Competition at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, winning not only the First Prize and the Audience Prize, but the Special Prize as well.
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, “Spring Symphony”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major KV 537, “Coronation Concerto” (part of the “Mozart in my hands” series)
Tickets: Band A €38/ B €33/ C €28; box seats €48; MuTh Club Students, children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9; School groups €7 (maximum of 2 classes)
Team and cast
- Orchestra: Vienna Young Philharmonic
- Conductor: Michael Lessky
- Piano: Elisabeth Waglechner