new year's concert

Works by Rossini, Giordano, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Ponchielli and Respighi | Anja Harteros - soprano, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Daniele Rustioni - conductor
  • 08.01.2017 Sunday 11:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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Gioachino Rossini Overture »Wilhelm Tell« (1829)
Camille Saint-Saëns »Samson et Dalila« op. 47 (1877) Bacchanale
Maurice Ravel »La Valse« (1919–1920) Poème choréographique for orchestra
Alfredo Cattalani »Ebben, né andro lontana« from »La Wally« (1891)
Almichare Ponchielli »La danza delle ore« from »La Gioconda« (1876)
Umberto Giordano »La mamma morta« from »Andrea Chenier« (1896)
Ottorino Respighi »Feste Romane« (1928) Poema sinfonico for orchestra

Anja Harteros soprano
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Daniele Rustioni conductor

New Year’s without Viennese waltzes? For many inconceivable. »Through whirling clouds, waltzing couples may be faintly distinguished. The clouds gradually scatter: one sees an immense hall peopled with a whirling crowd. The scene is gradually illuminated: the light of the chandeliers bursts forth.« Maurice Ravel’s symphonic poem »La Valse« evokes before the mind’s eye the image of a bygone era: apotheosis and apocalypse of the Viennese waltz at once. Until just a few decades ago, for many Italian children the new year only really began on Epiphany: presents were exchanged on 6 January! Neither Santa Claus nor the Three Wise Men brought them, but rather a folksy witch: the »befana«. She was welcomed – and in some places still is to the present day – with rumbustious musical revelry. Ottorino Respighi erected a monument to this Roman New Year’s custom – as well as other high points of the festival year – in his symphonic poem »Feste Romane«. The raucous orchestra festival concludes a flamboyant programme with which the young Italian maestro Daniele Rustioni together with the Gürzenich Orchestra will greet the new year 2017. As a special guest, soprano Anja Harteros, celebrated around the world, will return to the Gürzenich Orchestra with voluptuous excursions into the world of opera.

Happy New Year!