Pierre Boulez (2008) © Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophon (Ausschnitt)
38th International Musikfest
The focus of the 38th International Musikfest will be the French composer Pierre Boulez: the Wiener Konzerthaus will pay homage to its honorary member with performances of all the works that Boulez officially recognised. His complete works will be performed in a total of 14 concerts by top interpretators and musicians who worked closely with Boulez himself.
The opening concert will be a performance of «Notations» by the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim. Barenboim was a close friend of Boulez and conducted the world premiere of the orchestral version of «Notations I-IV» in 1980. Barenboim is thrilled about the prospect of the festial: «It is particularly interesting to explore the complete works of a great composer, because you can see how he develops. I can only congratulate the Wiener Konzerthaus for its initiative. No-one has performed the complete works of Boulez before. It will be an honour for me to conduct the opening concert of the International Music Festival».
But there's also a lot more on offer: You can experience a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, ensembles and orchestras in a dazzling array of concerts. Violinist Joshua Bell, featured artist this season, will perform with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. And the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will give a concert with another great violinist, Maxim Vengerov. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is the soloist in four concerts and baritone Gerald Finley and soprano Anja Harteros will both give their debut recitals in the Wiener Konzerthaus.