Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann
The 2019 New Year's Concert will be conducted for the first time by Christian Thielemann. A native of Berlin, Thielemann has been a regular and welcome guest of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2000, with the result that his first New Year s Concert may be seen as setting an example and providing an appropriate tribute to his previous work with the orchestra. According to the orchestra s chairman, Daniel Froschauer, orchestra and musicians trust each other completely: "The profound musical understanding and trust that have existed from the outset and that have always functioned perfectly have subsequently borne remarkable fruit in the symphonic repertory as well."
Enthusiasts of Thielemann’s work will be impressed by the result – though there’s plenty here to please anyone who loves this music…the Ritter Pásmán csárdás has the verve and headlong momentum of a cavalry charge. It’s terrific. Elsewhere, it’s probably wisest not to get too hung up on any preconceived notions of Viennese style. Unsurprisingly, the Wagnerite Thielemann leans towards the dramatic in larger-scale waltzes.
For a conductor who is not exactly renowned for his sense of humour, Thielemann gets effervescent playing from the band, and he dispatches the Hungarian idiom of Johann II’s Gipsy Baron overture, and the famous Csardas from the less familiar Ritter Pazman, with a dash of spice that should certainly earn him a further invitation.
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