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On January 18, 2001, the Vienna Philharmonic made a guest appearance in Hamburg with Mariss Jansons conducting compositions which had appeared on the program for a concert of the Society of the Friends of Music in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein on January 14, 2011, which was Janson's 68th birthday. These works included Gustav Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" (with Thomas Hampson as soloist; the second song, "Ging heut' morgen übers Feld", was repeated as an encore) and Hector Berlioz', "Symphonie Fantastique". The concert closed with Jean Sibelius' "Valse triste" from the music to Arvid Järnefelt's drama "Kuolema".
As in prior years, the Vienna Philharmonic performed three concerts for the 56th Mozart Week in Salzburg of the International Mozarteum Foundation. On January 22, 2011, Jonathan Nott, who since 2000 has been the principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, conducted three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546; the Piano Concerto in A major, KV 488, featuring Maurizio Pollini; the G minor Symphony, KV 183; as well as three movements from the "Lyric Suite" in the transcription for stringed orchestra by Alban Berg.
Due to Nikolaus Harnoncourt's cancellation for the concert on January 26, 2011, a new debut was made: Herbert Blomstedt, born on July 11, 1927 in Springfield (USA), stood on the podium of the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time, and in so doing, became the oldest conductor to make his debut in the history of our orchestra. Christian Tetzlaff performed Alban Berg's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ("Dem Andenken Eines Engels"), which Berg - shortly before his death in 1935 - wrote in memory of Manon Gropius, who had died at the age of 18. Following the intermission Mozart's eminent G minor Symphony, KV 550, was performed.
Sir Charles Mackerras had been scheduled to conduct the final concert for this year's Mozart Week on January 29, 2011. This conductor, with whom the Vienna Philharmonic recorded nearly every stage work of Leoš Janáček for the Decca record label (and in so doing, established a milestone in the reception of the great Moravian composer), passed away on July 14, 2010. Mackerras had also conducted the two historic concerts in which Alfred Brendel took his farewell from the concert stage. For the final Vienna Philharmonic concert of the Mozart Week Salzburg 2011, Louis Langrée, who has been the music director of the "Mostly Mozart Festival" in New York since 2002, took Mackerras' place, conducting Mozart's "Paris Symphony" in D major, KV 297 (300a); Joseph Haydn's last Symphony in D major, Hob. 1:104; and, with Rolando Villazen as soloist, four arias by Mozart: "Voi che fausti ognor donate", Alessandro's aria from the Serenata "Il re pastore", KV 208; "Ilmion tesoro", Don Ottavio's aria from "Don Giovanni", KV 527; the tenor aria composed in London in 1765, "Va, dal furor portata", KV 21 (19c); and the Recitative and Aria for Tenor "Misero! O sogno" - "Aura, ehe intorno spiri", KV 431 (425b).