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Grafenegg Festival: Orchestre National de France, Cristian Măcelaru

Grafenegg, Transfer to Grafenegg from Vienna Musikverein, Ecke Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse

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About the Event

Art has long been fascinated by the contrasting forces of love and death, and this program explores these themes from different perspectives. In Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique," the composer delves into an autobiographical dream of love that transforms into a harrowing nightmare. Through the lens of an opium‐induced fever, a rejected man believes he has killed his lover, leading to his own execution and a haunting vision of a witches' sabbath. This groundbreaking work, with its daring innovations, scandalized the Romantic era.

On the other hand, Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto takes a more intimate and personal approach. It serves as both a wistful remembrance and a mournful elegy for those lost during the First World War. The concerto is a moving lament, highlighting the emotional weight and lasting impact of the war. Unlike Berlioz's symphony, Elgar's composition focuses on the individual's experience and the collective grief shared by a nation.

Despite their contrasting styles, both compositions explore the profound influence of Eros and Thanatos on the human condition. Love and death intertwine, shaping our lives, thoughts, and emotions in profound ways. Through these musical works, we are reminded of the complexity and power that these forces hold within our existence.

Practical Information

For clients who have booked inclusive bus transfer:

Departure Vienna Musikverein, corner Bösendorferstraße/Canovagasse: 255 minutes before the concert begins

Return from Grafenegg: approx. 15 minutes after the end of the concert

Journey time approx. 55 min


  • Edward Elgar – Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, op. 85
  • Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique: Episode de la vie d'un artiste, op. 14
Program is subject to change


Cello: Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon has dedicated himself to the cello since he was only five years old, and is particularly enthusiastic about chamber music making. He records a great deal with his brother, renowned violinist Renaud Capuçon, and collaborates with numerous other celebrated artists such as Marta Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Leonidas Kavakos, Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Jean‐Yves Thibaudet, Maxim Vengerov, etc.

Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France


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