Like an uprooted, slowly withering plant, the terminally ill Béla Bartók experienced his voluntary exile in the USA - until the conductor Serge Koussewitzky was able to reawaken the composer's spirits in 1943 with a commission for the Boston Symphony Orchestra: The "Concerto for Orchestra" was to become Bartók's most popular composition, a showpiece for all groups, for woodwinds and brass, string and percussion instruments, and a brilliant production of orchestral colors and moods! The conductor is Jun Märkl, who is intimately involved with both the orchestra and the work.

Important orchestral works, renowned conductors and powerful images! The Tonkünstler Orchestra presents its moderated concerts as impressive film recordings from the Festspielhaus St. Pölten and the Auditorium Grafenegg. In the first part of the series Erklärt. Erlebt! series, the musicians use live excerpts to illuminate the construction plan of each piece, and presenter Albert Hosp explains exciting historical and music-historical contexts. Afterwards, the work can be experienced in its entirety as a concert film - in exclusive film aesthetics, with vivid perspectives and extraordinary camera movements. Fabio Luisi, Mei-Ann Chen, Jun Märkl, Robert Trevino and Emmanuel Tjeknavorian conduct popular masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire: Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, Antonín Dvořák's Ninth Symphony "From the New World," Béla Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra," Gustav Mahler's First Symphony and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic poem "Scheherazade" - entertaining, educational and compelling!



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Explained. Experienced!

Commentated concerts with Albert Hosp and the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich from the Festspielhaus St. Pölten.