Vienna Philharmonic and Violinist Sergey Khachatryan Play Beethoven

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the final of four broadcasts from the 2014 Lucerne Festival, the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel play Dvořák's Eighth Symphony. To open the concert, violinist Sergey Khachatryan joins the orchestra for Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

This year, the highly coveted Suisse Young Artist Award went to Khachatryan, who was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia, and who has already triumphed at both the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung has called him “a unique splendor amid world-class violinists, for his violin playing isn’t just about dazzling display but is always focused on the music.”

Program details:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Eugene Ysaye: Sonata No. 3 in D minor (encore)
J.S. Bach: Sarabande from the Partita No. 2 in D minor (encore)

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Johann Strauss: Ohne Sorgen

WQXR's trip to Lucerne was mainly about the music at the festival, but since our broadcast team had a free afternoon, they decided to take a trip up Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The railway winds its way up the mountain through forests and meadows to breathtaking views of Lake Lucerne below. See a photo gallery of the trip below and hear more about the adventure during the concert intermission. 

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A trip up Mount Pilatus, via the Pilatus railway, the world's steepest cogwheel railway.
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Comments [3]

Hector from Argentina

violinista Sergey Khachatryan Expetacular sentir su forma de expresarse en la musica

Oct. 21 2014 07:17 PM
James from Stone Ridge NY

Thank you WQXR for sharing this concert with your listeners. I believe the encore "Ohne Sorgen" was written by Josef Strauss, son of Johann.

Oct. 01 2014 12:36 PM
sara from japan

I listened to " Lucern festival " on 30th Sep
This violinist is So nice !
Is there on-demand ?

Sep. 30 2014 10:48 PM

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