The Vienna Philharmonic has created its own talent pool through the Summer Academy. Young musicians can apply, occasionally with videos. A selection of about 70 of them are chosen to practice for several weeks concurrently with the Salzburg Festival under the supervision of players from Vienna’s best orchestra. A rare opportunity in life At the start of the concert at Young Euro Classic, a young musician states, “What we learn in the process is still a mystery, but it also has something to do with intonation and phrasing.” The summer academy is on its first-ever international tour.
Sharp and exact
The Vienna Philharmonic’s collaboration with the Konzerthaus is certainly paying off, as can be heard in the first few seconds of Zoltán Kodály’s “Tänzen aus Galánta,” specifically with the cellos. You would never guess that you are listening to a young orchestra when Tomás Hanus conducts since the sound is so clear and precise, lively, and intensely focused in the intricate work and the solos (the flute!). The extraordinarily vibrant score by Kodály comes to life.
Despite the fact that Joseph Haydn created the “Sinfonia concertante” in London, only works by composers from the Danube kingdom are performed. The title for the genre designates an orchestral composition with numerous solo instruments. The music calls for Robert Amadeo Sanders to lead the performance with a cantabile line, although Benedikt Sinko, Katharina Kratochwil, and, most importantly, Traian-Petroniu Sturza, on bassoon, can also add accents.
In his 8th Symphony, Anton Dvorak, as is usually often the case, created beautiful, uplifting melodies and motifs, and once again, the cellos set up the major theme. The dynamics of the brass are out of control, conductor Hanus, a pessimist, and they frequently upset the delicate equilibrium. While the Scherzo seems to foreshadow the far-flung feeling of Dvorak’s final symphony, From the New World, the light-footed Adagio offers a chance to relax. The Academy plays the undiluted joyous conclusion with a sinewy, never splintering string sound, and the trumpets briefly demonstrate what they are genuinely capable of doing at the beginning of it. The fifteenth Slavic Dance will follow, and it is now rocking hard. There is never enough Dvorak.