The Vienna Berlin Music Club (Vol. 1) Philharmonix

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  • 1Freddie Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody06:37
  • 2Borzó, Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 104:43
  • 3Art Hickman: Rose Room02:20
  • 4Astor Piazzolla: Milonga Loca03:36
  • 5Stephan Koncz: A New Satiesfaction05:38
  • 6Stephan Koncz: Russian Overture07:04
  • 7Edvard Grieg: Romanza06:25
  • 8José Feliciano: Feliz Navidad02:35
  • 9Erik Satie: Gnossienne04:53
  • 10Sebastian Gürtler: Der Herrgott und die Geige05:40
  • 11Camille Saint-Saëns: Big Elephant01:29
  • 12Henry Mancini: Baby Elephant Walk02:49
  • 13Gordon Sumner: Englishman In New York04:02
  • 14Stephan Koncz: Balkan Party01:38
  • Total Runtime59:29

Info for The Vienna Berlin Music Club (Vol. 1)

Classical music is not supposed to be fun, right? And yet, every concert of the Philharmonix is a living, grooving, finger-snapping testament to the contrary. And who exactly is having fun here? Is it the seven world-class musicians who get to play the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of their legendary orchestras? Or is it the audience, whose eyes light up at their sparkling display of virtuosity and passion? The Philharmonix’ sophisticated sense of humor allows them to move seamlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous and back, taking their audience along for a madcap roller-coaster ride… Surprise!! Classical music at its most refined can be a jolly good time. This unique ensemble brings together three members of the Vienna Philharmonic, two Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists and an improvising and singing violinist for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, jazz, klezmer, Latin, even pop music… and yes, good old fun. With their signature blend of the “highest philharmonic quality and unrestrained joy of music-making” (Kurier, Austria) Philharmonix are synonymous with “entertainment”. And what is the secret ingredient to the ensemble’s runaway success? What mysterious essence binds together these virtuosos of independent artistic pursuits and individual achievements and awards that are too numerous to mention? That’s right: the Philharmonix come together only if and when they are inspired by a new musical idea. There is not an ounce of routine or obligation in anything they do, and this is how they capture the elusive Holy Grail of today’s classical performance: the “you had to have been there” effect, which turns a casual audience member into a passionate fan. So… who gets to have the most fun? It seems to be everyone within an earshot of this musical feast, which isn’t necessarily classical but has a lot of class.

Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Sebastian Gürtler, violin
Thilo Fechner, viola
Stephan Koncz, violoncello
Ödön Rácz, double bass
Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet
Christoph Traxler, piano

Wien – New York: Den musikalischen Spagat zwischen der Wiener Vorstadt und der Metropole jenseits des «großen Teichs» bewältigen die Philharmonix mit Leichtigkeit. Auch in neuer Besetzung schreibt das siebenköpfige Ensemble seine Erfolgsgeschichte nahtlos fort. Mit seinen populären Arrangements und unterhaltsamen Ausflügen in die Welt des «bewegten Bildes» spielt es sich direkt in die Herzen des Publikums. Wer vom Reisen nicht genug hat, kann – im Rahmen eines optionalen Zusatzkonzerts – mit Simon Keenlyside ein zweites Mal gen Amerika aufbrechen.

Die Philharmonix spielen alles, worauf sie schon immer Lust hatten. Ihre Musik ist geprägt von der Klangästhetik und Tradition der Spitzenorchester, für die sie sonst tätig sind (Wiener Philharmoniker und Berliner Philharmoniker). Was sie verbindet, ist die reine Freude an der klassischen Musik. Aber ihr Programm reicht weit darüber hinaus. In ihren brillanten Neufassungen bearbeiten sie auch Jazz und Latin, jüdische Volksmusik, Hollywood-Melodien und Pop. Sie gewinnen allen Kompositionen noch nie gehörte, originelle Seiten ab – und fügen gekonnt zusammen, was sonst nicht zusammengehört. Ob die Philharmonix nun Popsong oder Wienerlied bearbeiten, Prokofjew oder Tschaikowsky, Gershwin oder Piazzolla: Kurzweiliger, unterhaltsamer und cleverer kann Klassik nicht sein.

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