Salzburg Festival 2011

Salzburg Festival Opening Concert 2011

The opening concert of the Salzburg Festival, for many regarded as the world’s most renowned music festival, is by tradition a high-profile event and the 2011 gala presented here was one of the best in memory. Pierre Boulez assembled a cast of great distinction to join the Vienna Philharmonic for this prestigious concert, conceived as a tribute to Gustav Mahler.

The artists included Dorothea Roschmann, Anna Larsson, Johan Botha and rising star Anna Prohaska.

After two works by Mahler’s pupil, Alban Berg, featuring Roschmann and Prohaska, the main event of the concert is Mahler’s large-scale work called “Das klagende Lied

the specific works performed are:


  • Lulu Suite

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

  • Der Wein

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)


  • Das klagende Lied

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto) & Johan Botha (tenor)

Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of the State Opera Vienna, conducted by Pierre Boulez

Here is the Salzburg opening concert with Mahler’s Klagene Lied, conducted by Boulez:



And next, here is Pierre Boulez, talking about Mahler:


Tags: Gustav Mahler, Pierre Boulez, Vienna Philharmonic, Das Klagende Lied

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