Aug 30 2013
There is no detail too small: from sunscreen for the orchestra at rehearsal, to a glass of wine for every member of the orchestra, and deep-red blanket wraps elegantly sold for 15 Euros to audience members looking to ward off a night-time chill.Manfred Honeck’s family was on hand: Christiane, Joachim, Anna, Teresa, Simeon, sister Elfie, brother-in-law Florian Partl, and sister Sybilla, the cellist. The governor of Lower Austria, Erwin Pröll, and a host of rulers of the empire celebrated at the castle after the second encore, which featured Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek in Khachaturian’s Galop from “Masquerade” embellished with a lick from the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, a dot from the “Blue Danube” Waltz, and a touch of “Edelweiss.”
Yuja Wang was sensational and fast in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The piano moving technicians wear elegant grey gloves. The guy sitting in front of me wore two-tone white and blue shoes. Don’t step on his!The winds and brass have so many great moments in the Shostakovitch; Principal Oboe Cynthia Koledo de Almeida, Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres, and Principal Horn Bill Caballero all were wonderful; as well as Principal Flute Lorna McGhee with her encore from Bizet’s “Carmen.” Lighting everywhere calls attention to architectural details. Flickering flames outline white tables where wine sippers enjoy an intermission nip. It was a night to remember.
Surely they thought about how to please butterflies who flit about in the sunlight. Fresh-scrubbed teenagers in their white golf shirts smile at everyone. No one hassles the shutterbugs! A Land Rover, Jaguars and Maybachs are parked near the entrance. I’m not doing it justice.
The land of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven knows how to to present music — outdoors and in.