Viennese Treasures at DFP

Composed in 1821, the full-length, 4-movement work is filled with beautiful melody, rhythmic vitality, flowing themes and a grandiose finale

By TMR

FANS of Franz Schubert’s works will rejoice when the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) performs his Seventh Symphony, one of his ‘unfinished’ symphonies which were fully completed by conductor Felix Weingartner in 1934.

‘Viennese Treasures’ will be presented at DFP on Sept 7 at 8.30pm and Sept 8 at 3pm

The piece is part of an exciting programme themed Viennese Treasures that would be presented at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).

Composed in 1821, this full-length, four-movement work is filled with beautiful melody, rhythmic vitality, flowing themes and a grandiose finale.

Franz Schreker’s Ekkehard Overture will open the concerts; it is a work based on the title of a widely read novel written by a German author, about a pious monk who falls in love with a duchess.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Concerto follows suit, featuring the MPO’s oboist Simon Emes as soloist.

This version has been reconstructed and published in 1948 after Mozart’s death, but it is still referred to as “Mozart’s Flute Concerto No 2” till today.

Also included in the repertoire is Jean Sibelius’ Valse Triste. This work was an immediate success at its first performance in Helsinki in 1904, second only to Finlandia in carrying Sibelius’ name around the world.

All concerts will witness the return of conductor Benjamin Bayl (picture) to the DFP podium after weaving his magic on the MPO in 2017.

All concerts will witness the return of conductor Bayl (right) to the DFP podium after weaving his magic on the MPO in 2017

He was the first Australian Organ Scholar of Open King’s College Cambridge and is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio.

He was mentored by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Harry Christophers and Ivor Bolton.

Working extensively in the early music field, recent and regular collaborations include with Concerto Copenhagen, Akamus, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra and Slovak Youth Orchestra.

Bayl has made successful debuts with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker and Britten Sinfonia, conducting a broad range of repertoire from great Viennese classics, historically informed Baroque to Romantic works and new commissions.

“Viennese Treasures” will be presented at DFP on Sept 7 at 8.30pm and Sept 8 at 3pm.

Tickets are priced at RM141 (Premium), RM113 (A Reserve), RM84 (B Reserve) and RM56 (C Reserve).