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This year the Lucerne Festival selected the theme of "Night" and included three concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic. Franz Welser-Möst repeated the Grafenegg program on September 12 and also conducted the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, KV 364 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on September 14th, featuring the soloist Fanny Clamagirand (the winner of the Viennese Fritz Kreisler Competition 2005) and Antoine Tamestit (the winner of the "Credit Suisse Young Artist's Award 2008) as soloists. In addition, "Night's Black Bird" by the English composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle (born in 1934) and the symphonic poem "Also Sprach Zarathustra", op. 30, by Richard Strauss, with Volkhard Steude performing the violin solo were performed. The encore was Antonín Dvořák's Slavic Dance in A-flat major, op. 72/8.
The 36 year old Canadian Yannick Nézet-Seguin made his debut on the podium of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Mozart Festival in 2010 and conducted the Philharmonic in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Salzburg Festival in 2010 and 2011. On September 13th, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and designated Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted our orchestra in compositions by Olivier Messiaen ("Les Offrandes oubliées"), Franz Schubert (Symphony in B-flat minor, "Unfinished"), Claude Debussy ("Trois Nocturnes" - with the Women's Chorus of the Zurich Vocal Academy, founded in 2011 by Tim Brown) and Maurice Ravel ("Daphnis et Chloe", Suite No. 2). The Vienna Philharmonic's traditional residence at the Lucerne Festival was framed this year with two concerts in two cities in which the orchestra had only seldom visited. On September 10th at the Festival "Septembre Musical" in Montreux, Yannick Nétzer-Seguin conducted a variation of the program of the Lucerne concert on September 13th - from Debussy's "Trois Nocturnes" only "Nuages" and "Fêtes" were performed and in addition to the second, the first suite from "Daphnis et Chloe" was added. The concert in the Stravinsky Auditorium was the fifth appearance of our orchestra in Montreux, following 1948 (Wilhelm Furtwängler), 1951 (Fürtwangler and Clemens Krauss) and 1972 (Claudio Abbado). On September 16, 2011, Franz Welser-Möst conducted at the "Festival George Enescu", in addition to Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante" and Dvořák's Fifth Symphony, the two Intermezzi for String Orchestra, op. 12, by the genius loci George Enescu (with Dvořák's Slavic Dance in A-flat major, op. 72/8 as an encore). This was the fourth appearance of the Vienna Philharmonic in Bucharest, following 1944 (Karl Böhm), 1964 (Herbert von Karajan) and 2001 (Seiji Ozawa).