Vienna Philharmonic thrills on Doha debut.
DOHA The historical Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) showed Doha
residents what makes it among the finest ensembles in the world, as they
performed during their highly-anticipated concert, at the Ceremonial
Court, Education City, on Sunday. Adding to the reputation of the group,
the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and Her Highness
Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned were among the audience as the
group performed repertoires of Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and
Maurice Ravel before them. VPO has been performing since 1842. The group
has not only graced different stages across the globe but it is also
remembered by the reputation of their resident and guest conductors,
including the likes of Otto Nicolai, Hans Richter, Gustav Mahler,
Wilhelm Furtwangler, Sir John Barbirolli, to name a few. During their
Doha performance, it was the maestro Lorin Maazel who directed the group
when they performed three of the best compositions that celebrate the
grandeur of nature. The musical evening featured Beethoven's
Sypmhony No 6, F Major, Op. 68 "Pastorale" inspired by the
composer's love for the countryside; Marcel Ravel's ballet
'Daphnis and Chloe', Suite No 2 and Claude Debussy's
amazing portrayal of the mood of the ocean aptly titled 'La
Mer'. The guest performer's rendition of the sought-after
pieces captured the hearts of the audience, which included the cream of
the country, including members of the diplomatic corps and musicians of
the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO). Prior to the concert, Qatar
Tribune caught up with the concert master of the VPO Rainer Honeck.
Honeck, a member of the group for 29 years, said as first timers in Doha
they simply wanted to convey the distinct style of Viennese music making
of what he called 'Viennese sound'. He also provided a glimpse
on what it is like to be apart of such a highly-respected orchestra.
"It is a great privilege to be part of an orchestra which boasts of
such a legendary tradition, regularly tours all over the world and
performs with the very best conductors. "The work load is
tremendous, since the Vienna Philharmonic performs at the Vienna State
Opera and in concert as well, also very frequently undertaking long
tours around the world. Practically, it thus has twice as much work than
other orchestras which do not regularly play at an opera house. Despite
the fact that the Vienna Philharmonic counts more members than most
symphony orchestras, this two-fold task is very challenging,"
Honeck said. Honeck named Beethoven's music as his personal
favourite among their line-up for the evening's concert. He said,
"Beethoven is always a great challenge for Viennese orchestras. He
belongs to one of the most prominent pillars in the history of classical
music and Vienna was a focal point in his life as he spent many years
there." But judging from the overwhelming response of the Doha
crowd to their concert here, VPO has no doubt accomplished their mission
of conquering yet another stage.
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