Greetings from Vienna!

Last week our travel started when we went from Linz, Austria to Paris for our October 16 concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. The Paris performance was sold out and was broadcast live on Radio Classique! You can listen to the concert on their website.

Welcome sign at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Philharmonie de Paris Entrance
Rehearsal at the Philharmonie de Paris
Applause from the sold out audience

The reviews have been coming in from Linz and Paris. Here are a few highlights:

Austrian Press Agency (Linz) – “…he did not neglect the delicate interludes, teasing them to come into their own, never losing his grip even on the smallest detail of this soul-stirring opus. The musicians followed his lead with a level of perfection that is becoming to this world-class orchestra.”

Resmuisca (Paris) – “In short, a pertinent and intelligent interpretation, very committed and convincing direction, and a unique musical creation. Bravo!” Read the full article here.

Backtrack (Paris) – “4 out of 5 stars” “We go from blind empathetic listening to active listening; as such we rediscover a capacity for objective admiration. Above all, we listen to the musicians at work.” Read the full article here.

While in Paris, we captured musicians practicing in the hotel and they provided insight into what it is like to keep up their craft while on the road. View the diary entry.

In Vienna at the Musikverein, all four of our performances were sold out!

Load in to the Musikverein for our “Cunning Little Vixen” production began on Monday, October 16 while the Orchestra was in Paris and continued on Tuesday with the addition of staging and choir rehearsals.

Choir rehearsal with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Sängerknaben.
Choir rehearsal with Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Singverein.
Full dress rehearsal
Full dress rehearsal

In Vienna we captured behind the scenes activity video of our “Cunning Little Vixen” process, including audience reaction and the work with the singers and musicians during rehearsals. See what it's like behind the scenes.

The audiences both nights reacted with robust and prolonged applause. Here are a few photos of the curtain calls.

While in Vienna the members of the Orchestra shared their thoughts on the importance of our long term relationship with the Musikverein and they visited the Musikverein Archives to check out the original score of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. Check it out!

October 21 and 22 we performed programs that included Mahler, Beethoven and Stravinsky. Here is a photo from our October 21 rehearsal which captures us also getting a bit of rehearsal footage for another tour video diary entry.

On October 23 we traveled to Hamburg, Germany for our first performances at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall on October 24 and 25, which was designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Did you know that the nickname for the hall is the Elphi?

Check back here and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for additional behind-the-scenes photos, video and selections of reviews from the tour.