Orchestre symphonique de l’Opéra de Tunis
“Salut de Vienne” (Mozart, Dvorak, Offenbach, Wagner, Strauss)
Manfred Müssauer, Direction, Nesrine Mahbouli, Soprano, Hans Georg Priese, Tenor
Salut de Vienne
(Waves of the Danube)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) The Abduction from the Seraglio KV 384, Sinfonia 5´
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) L´Africaine, Pays merveilleux….Ô paradis 3´30´´
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Rusalka, Song to the Moon 6´
Otto Nicolai (1810-49) The Merry Wives of Windsor, overture 9´
Jacques Offenbach (1819-80) Les contes d´Hoffmann, Belle nuit, nuit d´amour 4´
Alfredo Catalani (1854-93) La Wally, Ebben, ne andrò lontana 4´15´´
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) Die tote Stadt, Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen 4´30´´
Richard Heuberger (1850-1914) The Opera Ball, Gehen wir ins chambre séparée 3´30´´
Franz von Suppé (1819-95) Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture 6´45´´
Julius Fučik (1872-1916) Entry of the Gladiators, op. 68 2´45´´
Franz Lehár (1870-1948) Giuditta, Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss 5´
Leo Fall (1873-1925) Oh Rose von Stambul 4´
Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) The Csárdás-Princess, Heia, heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland 3´45´´
Franz Lehár Frasquita, Schatz ich bitt´ dich, komm heut´ Nacht 3´30´´
Emmerich Kálmán The Csárdás-Princess, Schwalbenduett 4´
Josef Franz Wagner (1856-1908) Maria Theresia, Marcia grande 3´45´´
Emmerich Kálmán: The Csárdás-Princess, Tanzen möcht´ ich
Johann Strauss Vater (1804-49) Radetzky-Marsch, op. 228
Nesrine Mahbouli soprano
Hans-Georg Priese, tenor
Orchestre symphonique de Théâtre de l´Opéra Tunis
Manfred Müssauer, chef d´orchestre
Dramaturgical aim, comments and statements for media presentation
The possible topics (Waves of the Danube or Salut de Vienna or something similar) of this program clearly indicate compositions related to the musical heritage of Austria and it´s connections to the “Monde Arabe”:
- the composers were born in Vienna or in the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy
- they had strong relations to Austria
- the contents of their operas/operettas represent “Austrian atmosphere”
- refer to the long-lasting influence and attractiveness of the cultures around the Mediterranean Sea on the above mentioned composers
Mozart´s “Abduction” has always been an icon for connecting cultures and understanding each other. We´ll play the highly spirited overture with a lot of percussion instruments to create this special musical expression. The so called “Janitchar”-music (the military bands of the Ottoman Empire) strongly influenced the wind-band music especially in the Austro-Hungarian Empire but also in Italy, Spain etc. The first composers who appreciated this special sound were J. Haydn and L. van Beethoven. The nowadays famous culture of wind bands or symphonic wind bands in Austria, Czech Republic or Germany is based on this special sound.
Pays merveilleux…Ô paradis is a true hymn and praise of Africa by Europeans! The genious Jewish German-French composer Giacomo Meyerbeer was one of the most influential artists in Paris and creator of the “Grand Opéra”.
Dvořák needn´t be introduced but his fame is manly based on his symphonies and chamber music. His operas aren´t well known outside of Czechia except the so beautiful and touching Song to the Moon.
Otto Nicolai was born in Königsberg (former Germany now Russia) but settled in Vienna where he was a highly acclaimed conductor and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1842 !! He wrote some great operas among them Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with it´s brilliant overture.
The very special evening atmosphere in El Djem and the famous Barcarole by Offenbach – (in the original version for the premiere in Vienna in 1880) build a wonderful bridge to the Austrian capital. This world-famous opera´s success and fate had been strongly attached to Vienna. But two decades before Jacques Offenbach became the absolute main influencer for Franz von Suppé and Johann Strauss as founders of the Viennese Operetta.
The choice of A. Catalani´s opera La Wally should also present famous Austrian regions outside of Vienna e. g. the Tyrol. Nowadays a well situated province/federal state in Western Austria world famous for skiing, Olympic Games etc. but 150 years ago a poor mountain region and an excellent background for special opera-stories with stunning arias.
- W. Korngold was the last “Wunderkind” (like Mozart)! He wrote his first ballet when he was 11 years old his first opera premiered at the State Opera in Vienna at the age of 15. His world success Die tote Stadt in 1919. This opera is a real summit in the history opera opera-composing. In the 1920/1930´s he became the most famous and acknowledged composer in Hollywood!
A wonderful duet by R. Heuberger (influential composer, writer, Friend of J. Brahms etc.) and the outstanding overture Light Cavalry conclude the first part.
The best piece for beginning the second part in a Roman arena will be J. Fučik´s magnificient concert-march Entry of the Gladiators! The great Czech master was one of the world wide best composers of marches and waltzes.
The second part shall enlighten our audience with a mixture of well known but also unjustly forgotten works by as well the famous operetta composers L. Fall, F. Lehár and Emmerich Kálmán as members of the Strauss-family, of course!