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Prof. Reinhard Öhlberger
The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst embarked on a tour of Scandinavian between June 9 and 15, 2015. The program of the 9th Subscription Concert formed the musical basis of the tour, augmented with additional compositions.
The first stop of the tour was in Aalborg. In 2014, Denmark's fourth-largest city inaugurated a new concert hall the "Musikkens Hus", which was planned by the Austrian architekt team of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. The Philharmonic program performed in this venue consisted of that which had been previously performed in Vienna: the Symphony No. 4 ("Inextinguishable"), op. 29, by Carl Nielsen; the Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200, by Franz Schubert and the Overture No. 3 from the opera "Fidelio" (Leonore Overture) in C major, op. 72b, by Ludwig van Beethoven. The enthusiastic audience's standing ovation was acknowledged with two encores: the "Kuss-Walzer" , op.400, by Johann Strauss, Jr. and the Fast Polka "Forever", op. 193, by Josef Strauss. These two pieces provided the conclusion of all the concerts on this tour.
On the next day, a concert followed in Odense, the country's third largest city, which boasts the birthplaces of two of the nation's great sons: Hans Christian Anderson and Carl Nielsen, who was born just slightly south of the city. In the Odense Koncerthus a tribute to this local hero was made by the performance of his Symphony No. 4. Following the intermission, Jean Sibelius' " Lemminkäinen Suite" op. 22, was heard in its four movement entirety. Both of these composers' 150th birthdays are being celebrated this year.
The tour continued by bus to Copenhagen, where, in the Koncerthuset on June 11th , the program performed in Aalborg was again performed and also broadcast over Danish television.
The next leg of the tour took the orchestra to Helsinki on June 13th, where the orchestra had first performed in the Musiikkitalo in 2012 with Sakari Oramo. On the concert program here was the Lemminkäinen-Suite, op. 22, by Jean Sibelius, followed by the Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200, by Franz Schubert, as well as the Overture No. 3 (Leonore Overture), op. 72b, by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert was also broadcast by Finnish television.
The fifth and last stop of our trip was on June 14th in the Konserthuset in Stockholm. Here the orchestra joined by Nikolai Znaider, with whom we performed the Violin Concerto in D major op. 35, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Znaider also performed an encore (J.S. Bach, Sarabande from the 2nd Partita in D minor). The concert concluded, as on the day before, with Schubert and Beethoven, along with the afore-mentioned Strauss encores.