Unfinished? Schubert’s masterpiece in Sinfonietta’s Viennese cycle
According to the legendary teacher Jorma Panula, “the mixture of unique personality and the highest level of professionalism makes Sascha Goetzel not only a convincing, but also a passionate conductor.” On the 27th of February the artist will perform in a new instalment of the Sinfonietta’s Viennese cycle, conducting the great masterpiece –Schubert’s famous Unfinished Symphony.
Sascha Goetzel, who is widely known as one of the most distinguished and appreciated Austrian conductors, is a personification of the “Viennese”. His father, member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, instilled a love for music in him. Sascha himself started out by learning the secrets of playing the violin, but then resigned from his budding career as a violinist in order to become a conductor – which, as it turned out later, was a great decision. He achieved his first successes in his home city, in cooperation with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Soon the great young conductor was known worldwide, and Goetzel came under the proverbial wings of his great mentors – Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. The artist, renowned for his conducting work in symphonies, also started to take on operatic pieces, also at the famous Vienna Opera. However, at that point, the greatest success of Sascha Goetzel was yet to happen. First, he was appointed as artistic director of the Borusan İstanbul Filarmoni Orkestrası (BIPO) in 2009. Then, he masterfully used the freshness of the young team and the best European musical tradition, creating a completely new quality. His involvement and consistency in carrying out his innovative vision for development resulted in the BIPO becoming one of the best orchestras in the world, and their recordings turned out to be among the biggest classical hits in the recent years.
In Krakow Sascha Goetzel, accompanied by Sinfonietta Cracovia, will take on Schönberg’s and Mahler’s creations, as well as a true masterpiece – Schubert’s famous 8th Symphony, which was dubbed “Unfinished”. This moniker can be quite misleading, as the symphony is in fact a complete piece; the name simply refers to its unorthodox composition – it is composed of two parts. According to a popular anecdote, Johannes Brahms himself stubbornly kept calling the piece “A Finished Symphony”. When asked if he meant “Unfinished”, he is said to have answered with “If every musical piece were as complete as this one, trust me, we would live in a true musical paradise.”
SINFONIETTA AND THE VIENNESE: SASCHA GOETZEL
27th of FEBRUARY 2016 / SATURDAY / STARTING AT 7:00 PM
ICE KRAKÓW CONGRESS CENTRE, THEATRE HALL
KRAKOW, MARII KONOPNICKIEJ 17
SASCHA GOETZEL – conductor
A. Schönberg – Verklaerte Nacht
G. Mahler – Blumine
F. Schubert – 8th Symphony in h-minor Unfinished
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35 PLN – standard, 25 PLN – discounted