Città di Castello, San Domenico Church
Euro Symphony SFK
Ernest Hoetzl conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro Overture
Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 3 in D major
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 1 in G minor
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 6 in D major
Johannes Brahms, Ungarischer Tanz No. 5 in G minor
Johann Strauss Jr., Kaiser Franz Josef I. Rettungs-Jubel-Marsch Op. 126
Ludwig van Beethoven, Allegretto scherzando from Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93
Franz Lehár, Gold und Silber Waltz Op. 79
The Festival has always paid particular attention to nations with cultural diversity and has invited musicians from countries with contrasting religious or political ideologies. In this edition of the Festival dedicated to Austria and in the centenary of the First World War, the choice had to be fall on the SFK European Symphony Orchestra, which includes musicians from Slovakia, Friuli and Carinthia, symbolically representing peaceful relations between people who were once in open conflict and now co-exist in the context of the most universal of cultural expressions – music.
Hoetzl, Austrian, a scholar with an ever enquiring mind, a brilliant conductor, presents and directs a programme in the tradition of Austro-Hungarian music. This includes part of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, first performed in Vienna in 1814, the year in which the Congress laid the foundation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Also in the programme is the Jubilee March, containing the Imperial Anthem. Strauss composed this in honour of the Emperor Franz Josef, a key figure in the history of Europe, whose long reign secured the unity of the Empire but which precipitated the start of the first World War.