Friday, August 18 at 9 PM ET on PBS
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Christoph Eschenbach returns for the second time to conduct a varied program of works from "Sleeping Beauty" to "Hansel and Gretel" to "Harry Potter."
Led for the second time by German pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for its 14th open-air concert, with a program inspired by fairy tales and myths, in Austria's Imperial Schönbrunn Palace Gardens and will include works from "Sleeping Beauty" to "Hansel and Gretel" to "Harry Potter."
The concert soloist is renowned soprano Renée Fleming who performs two arias from operas by Antonin Dvo?ák: the famous 'Song to the Moon' of the water nymph Rusalka and the aria of the sorceress Armida from the operas of those names, as well as three songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff: "Twilight," "Sing not to me, beautiful maiden" and "Spring Waters."
Schönbrunn Palace was never, of course, an actual fairy tale location, but rather the summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors, and also between 1805 and 1809, the residence of the French Emperor Napoleon. Nevertheless, for many visitors, the palace and its surrounding park have always represented a supposed fairytale world, a modern-day legend with a worldwide presence.
This free outdoor concert, recorded in May, allows the distinguished orchestra to make classical music accessible to establish a following beyond its usual core audience. The annual event is produced by the ORF, and transmitted live or delayed in more than 80 countries worldwide. For the first time, the stage is positioned in front of the Schönbrunn Palace, which will serve as a magnificent backdrop to the concert.
The full musical program is as follows:
Zha Stihlou Gazelou (At dawn, as I merrily pursued a slender gazelle) from "Armida"
"Rusalka" Song to the Moon
Rose Adagio, "Pas d'action" from "The Sleeping Beauty"
Rachmaninoff songs (with Renée Fleming)
Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
Prelude to "Hansel and Gretel"
Hedwig's Theme from "Harry Potter"
Devil's Dance, Berceuse + Finale from "The Firebird"
Wiener Blut (Viennese Spirit)