The first guest appearance of the legendary Wiener Symphoniker in Plovdiv is one of the memorable events in the city’s exceptional music program this summer. Hundreds of Plovdiv residents and guests of the city listened with bated breath for hours to the captivating performance of Mario Hossein and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted under the baton of Nayden Todorov. A magnetic evening under the huge moon of the Ancient Theater is an experience that is hard to forget. And the applause, which brought Mario Hossen and Viennese back to the stage several times, can compete with the applause and emotions reserved for the big rock stars.
The Vienna Symphony presented an impressive musical program, which included as a bow to the Bulgarian audience a piece by the Patriarch of Bulgarian classical music, Pancho Vladigerov. The musical set also featured Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture, Niccolò Paganini’s virtuoso First Violin Concerto, and Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Out of the New World.
In Plovdiv, Mario Hosen plays a Guadagnini violin from 1749, which was given to him by the Austrian National Bank – an instrument worthy of his incredible musical talent. The other Plovdiv resident – the conductor Nayden Todorov, who led one of the most famous orchestras in the world with incredible scale, also showed world class. The third Plovdiv resident in the orchestra was Ivo Yordanov, double bass.
The audience that was able to see and listen to both concerts was also at an exceptional level, showing that they knew the selected works well.
The orchestra has been writing its musical history since 1900 with bold, avant-garde programs, among which is the legendary “Watschenkonzert” of 31 March 1913, when Arnold Schoenberg conducts his own works and compositions by Tzemlinsky, Webern, Berg and Mahler. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Anton von Webern also stood at the conductor’s desk of the orchestra. Among the soloists we also find the names of Claude Debussy and Béla Bartók, for whom the orchestra is also the door to world stages.
Among the orchestra’s soloists and conductors is Herbert von Karajan, who in 1928 performed Pancho Vladigerov’s Third Piano Concerto in Vienna as a soloist. It was Herbert von Karajan – music director of the orchestra from 1948 to 1964 who shaped the still unattainable “Viennese Classical Sound” of the ensemble.
The visit of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is organized by the Trakia Association and is carried out with the financial support of the Plovdiv Municipality as part of the city’s Cultural Calendar for 2022. The Austrian Embassy is a partner of the event.