On November 9th the Postmusik Salzburg put the crowning glory of their extremely successful anniversary year in the sold-out Europe Hall of the Salzburg Congress House.
The program was hosted by the presenter Maria Schrott, who works independently in Tyrol and works for Oberland TV. The former saxophonist of Postmusik Salzburg accompanied the evening in a confident, humorous way and with the necessary musical background knowledge and some amazing details about the composers or pieces.
The concert opened with Richard Wagner’s “Ceremonial Entry to the Münster”. Initially quite mysterious and reserved, the art of performing this piece is to keep the tension steady until the extremely brilliant finale fills the concert hall with its entire volume.
This prelude was followed by the Overture to William Tell. Above all, the entire wooden register was able to prove itself here. From the romantic and virtuoso dialogue between cor anglais and flute to the technically very demanding conclusion with the well-known main melody, everything was offered.
With “Blue Bells of Scotland”, Christian Winter, the solo trombonist of the Mozarteum Orchestra impressively demonstrated to the audience the limits of the range and tempo of a trombone.
A classic concluded the first part of the concert. Who doesn’t know Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero”? Originally designed as a practice piece for orchestra, the difficulty lies in performing the recurring main theme as a soloist across all registers, meticulously maintaining the tempo and increasing the dynamics evenly up to the last bars. In addition to all the soloists, the performance of the two drummers should be mentioned here, who played the basis of this piece like a clockwork for 17 minutes.
The second part of the program began with the circus march “L’Entracte” followed by “The Man in the Ice”, a master piece that tells the story of the live, the death, and the discovery of Ötzi – a mummy from Stone Age that was found in a glacier in Tyrol. Further works that were played in the second part of the concert were the waltz “In lauschiger Nacht”, extracts from the musical “Mozart”, a “Latin Pop Special”, the hit “A Million Dreams” which was performed by Astrid Hinterberger-Stumpfl and Sylvia Halek, and the “Maxglaner Zigeunermarsch Reloaded”.