The Belgrade Philharmonic’s “Dream Team” is together again: Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz and the orchestra will perform at Kolarac Hall on Friday, January 21, at 8:00 p.m. The program includes works by Schubert, Glière and Beethoven, featuring coloratura soprano Alina Wunderlin performing with the Belgrade Philharmonic for the first time.
The central work in the evening’s concert program is the very unusual Concerto for Coloratura Soprano by Reinhold Glière, the only work in the whole world written for soprano but without any text. The young soprano Alina Wunderlin, who is in great demand on opera stages around the world, will show her virtuosity and technical abilities in this demanding work. Glière‘s opus has been in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s “muscle memory” since their performance of the monumental symphony Ilya Muromets, conducted by Gabriel Feltz, which was recorded and released on CD to worldwide acclaim.
“The situation in the world is difficult for classical music once again because, unfortunately, concerts are often canceled. That is why it is a great privilege and a real luxury nowadays for us musicians to be able to perform in front of a live audience. This time we are preparing a classical program, from Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony to Beethoven’s Seventh. It is a super test for us because during the season I want to try out all the symphonies we will be performing at the one-day ‘Beethoven Marathon’ in June of 2022,” Maestro Feltz explained.
Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which ushered in the era of Romanticism, opens the concert on Friday. It represents one of the most important unfinished works in the history of music. Today, more than 100 composers have written its “ending,” but the performances of these versions are only sporadic. Our concert closes with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which provoked conflicting criticism in its time, from being “one of his most understandable symphonies” to “music that could only be written by someone very drunk.”
Concert tickets are on sale at the Belgrade Philharmonic’s box-office as well as online.