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As part of the 54th Mozart Week of the International Mozarteum Foundation, the Vienna Philharmonic performed three times between January 24 and 31 in the Large Festival Hall in Salzburg. All three programs featured not only works of Mozart, but also of Joseph Haydn, who died in 1809 in Vienna, making this his commemorative year. On January 24, Albena Danailova (Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra), Tamás Varga, Harald Hörth and Michael Werba, performed Joseph Haydn's Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola, Oboe, Clarinet and Orchestra in B-flat Major, Hob. I :105, with Seiji Ozawa conducting. The rest of the evening was dedicated to the Salzburg genius alone, with Mitsuko Uchida as soloist for Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, KV 467, including a cadenza which she had composed herself, and the "Prague" Symphony in D Major, KV 504, concluding the evening's performance.
On January 28, Nicolaus Harnoncourt opened the concert's program with Mozart's Symphony in B-flat Major, KV 319, and the dedicated the rest of the evening to Joseph Haydn, with the Cantata for Soprano and Orchestra "Berenice, che fai", Hob. XXIVa:10, and the Mass in B-flat Major, Hob. XXII:14 ("Harmony Mass"). The vocal soloists were Annette Dasch (Soprano), Bernarda Fink (Alto), Werner Güra (Tenor), Florian Boesch (Bass) as well as the Arnold Schoenberg Chorus (Artistic Director: Erwin Ortner).
The Mozart Week's third Philharmonic concert was conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and took place on January 31. Following Haydn's Symphony in G Major, Hob. 1:88, the Rückert-Lieder by Gustav Mahler were heard, as well as Sir Charles Mackerras's reconstituted early version of the aria "Non tardar, amato bene", KV 492/28 from Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", sung by Magdalena Kožená (Soprano). These were followed by the "Danses sacrées et profanes" by Claude Debussy, with Xavier de Maistre as soloist. The concert concluded with Mozart's "Great" Symphony in G Minor, KV 550.