Discography - Selection

"The account of the Seventh Symphony similarly offers neat, polished playing and beautiful overall sound but without the feeling of living dangerously... These are polished performances.”  Gramophone, Jänner 2014

„Wildner has a very sensitive touch in the slow movement of the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, and in the second theme areas of the first movement of the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (...)."   James Manheim, allmusic.com
 

 

 Johannes Wildner's passion for forgotten music as well as his drive to excite others lead to astonishing results: With the BBC Concert Orchestra Wildner recorded for Dutton Music by the German Walter Braunfels, who built a considerable reputation before the 1930s as composer, pianist and teacher. Since his death in 1954 his operas have been heard again, and Dutton Epoch now presents world premiere recordings of two remarkable concertos, for piano and viola.

 „Multiple contrapuntal motifs of sober neoclassicism stack up; forms and structure are straining towards the expressive. The RSO Vienna, under the direction of Johannes Wildner, infuses this long-neglected work with an impressively lustrous brilliance." Der Spiegel, 31.3.2014

His music requires an uncommon measure of active participation: it demands that one listen into the musical structure; this, and only this, will allow the profoundly psychological and emotional contents of J. N. David’s music to touch one’s soul.” cpo, 2013 [transl.]

 

 “D'Erlanger emerges as an extremely accomplished, agreeably undemanding composer whose orchestral pieces hover somewhere between high-class Ketelbey and low-grade Elgar. The two cello pieces (Guy Johnston the eloquent soloist) are well worth reviving.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

 

 

 

“The disc is a very satisfying concert. If this is Johannes Wildner’s audition for a future New Year’s in Vienna, he’s put in a very convincing case...The Annen-Polka is all delicate sweetness and reveals Wildner’s knowledge of how to lend this music real poetic worth. The big numbers like the Radetzky March in no way let down the side.”  MusicWeb International, March 2013

 

 

 Death anniversaries are cursed by many and feared by more; Wildner uses them to scrutinize the works and the enduring impact of giants. All too often this results in a new view on the well-known, unveiling it as something we only thought we knew. Together with piano virtuoso Lev Vinocour (whose achievements include completing and orchestrating Schumann's very first piano concerto), Wildner shows us a Schumann that is wholly new and entirely fresh.

 

 Again and again, Johannes Wildner's passion for forgotten music as well as his drive to excite others lead to astonishing results. Especially in the case of Erich Zeisl, it seems incomprehensible that the œuvre of this Austrian émigré of Jewish lineage should have sunk into oblivion. His piano concerto, imbued with force and originality by Gottfried Wallisch's driving interpretation, is a jewel among the works of the 20th century, and fit to adorn any concert repertoire.

 

Just last year, Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic recorded the entirety of this symphony with the most recent finale. Wildner's recording, on the other hand, documents an early stage of this version and offers insights into the creation and the development of the completion and reconstruction of the four-movement Ninth. Get record

 



Nothing could better demonstrate Bruckner's constant insecurity and his vacillating over any given shape, once chosen, of a work than his Third Symphony. Three different versions of the symphony, in large parts very divergent from each other, and no less than four versions of the Adagio alone stand witness to Bruckner's desperate struggles and to his difficulty in letting go of his work once created. Wildner is the only conductor to contrast all three versions against each other. One of the remarkable observations to result from his approach is that even what one might call "identical" passages sound different in different versions, as they take on a changed weight and significance relative to the work as a whole. The Third thus documents a strand of Bruckner's development over the course of eighteen years. Get record

 

 

The Da Ponte cycle that John Dew directed at the Leipzig Opera is a milestone, and by now a classic, of Mozart interpretation – and it corresponds hand-in-glove to Wildner's gestalt of Mozart: modern, with an analytical view towards substance and message of the operas, while maintaining absolute fidelity to the original works.

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Dates

31st March 2018,  6:30 pm

National Opera Bukarest
P.Mascagni/R.Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci (Premiere)
Director: Ion Caramitru

 

1st April 2018, 6:30 pm

National Opera Bukarest
P.Mascagni/R.Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci

 

5 April 2018, 6:30 pm
National Opera Bukarest
P.Mascagni/R.Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci

 

31 May 2018, 6:30 pm
Lithuanian National Theatre, Vilnius 

W.A.Mozart: Idomeneo (Premiere)
Regie: Graham Vick

 

2 June 2018, 6.30 pm

Lithuanian National Theatre, Vilnius

W.A.Mozart: Idomeneo

 

12 July 2018, 8 pm

Oper Burg Gars
G.Puccini: Tosca (Premiere)
further performances:
14, 17, 20, 22, 26, 28 July 2018
2, 4 August 2018

 

25 July - 1 August
Conducting Master Class and 
Master Class for Soloists
Wiener Musikseminar - International Master Classes
Wien/Baden b. Wien