SHORT STORIES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS by HK Gruber premiered in Boston

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In January, Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the world premiere of HK Gruber’s symphonic suite from the composer’s acclaimed 2014 opera Tales from the Vienna Woods.

Viennese composer HK Gruber’s new symphonic suite, Short Stories from the Vienna Woods, will be premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons on January 6 and 8, 2022. The 30-minute orchestral work, co -commanded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, is composed of seven movements featuring music from his opera Tales from the Vienna Woods, such as “Chant de la Wachau”, “Splintered Waltzes”, the ‘set of chorale variations “Nachspiel”, the “Prayer” and a final “Polka infernale.”

The opera Tales from the Woods of Vienna is based on Ödön von Horváth’s play about the broken engagement to the disintegrated Viennese society of the late 1920s just before the Austrofascist takeover. Gruber’s opera has been staged at the Bregenz Festival, the Theater an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Theater Hagen.

Reviewing the opera, Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote: “The piece goes straight to the heart … superb craftsmanship. Neues Deutschland wrote: “Gruber has created a score from the best of new music … deserves to be performed on all opera stages, from New York to Tokyo.”

This world premiere follows the US premiere of another Gruber lyrical suite, Northwind Pictures, from Der Herr Nordwind, which the composer himself conducted in November with the New World Symphony.

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