The Palace of Versailles is the very epitome of Baroque magnificence. In 1997 it was the scene of the European Concert given annually by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor was Daniel Barenboim, who was also the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13. The programme additionally featured Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and, as a tribute to the venue, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a delightful homage to François Couperin, who was once court composer in Versailles.
An architectural gem is the venue for this European Concert: the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, one of the few originally preserved theatrical buildings of the Baroque. Paavo Järvi, who has caused a sensation particularly for his interpretations of Beethoven, conducts the composer’s Fourth Symphony, and of course Richard Wagner could not be missed out in a Bayreuth concert either. The soloist in his Wesendonck Lieder is Eva-Maria Westbroek.
It’s always a magic moment for Bruckner fans when Bernard Haitink conducts. In this concert, the programme consists of the work with which Bruckner bade farewell to the world: his Ninth Symphony, dedicated “to the beloved God”. Till Fellner debuts as the soloist in Mozart’s gentle and melancholy Piano Concerto K. 503. A free, singing pianistic tone is ensured, as is acute, precise musical modulation.