Richard Strauss' last great orchestral composition is considered his best-known symphonic poem. A mountain tour inspired the 15-year-old to make his first sketches; it was not until decades later that he completed his "Alpine Symphony". It became famous not least because of its opulent orchestration. Its program offers plenty of scope for associations - and at the same time harbors the temptation of exaggerated naturalistic observation. The work, which involves far more than 100 musicians and instruments such as wind machines, thunderbolts and cowbells, is imposing in any case. A grandiose Alpine hike with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and the magnificent Fabio Luisi as "mountain guide": To the summit!
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!