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18 October 2020


Performers


Ensemble Vienna
Daniel Froschauer, violin
Raimund Lissy, violin
Michael Strasser, viola
Josef Niederhammer, double bass


Programme


Michael Pamer

Polonaise; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Georg Hellmesberger

String quartet D major, op. 1


Johann Strauss father

The sleepwalkers. Waltz, op. 88; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek

Ghibelline Gallop, op. 117; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Johann Drahanek

Eisenbahn-Polka; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Joseph Lanner

Ball contours. Waltz, op. 193; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Josef Strauss

Nightshade. Polka mazur, op. 229

Skating Polka, op. 261; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Johann Strauß son Rosen from the south. Waltz, op. 388; arranged by Erich Kaufmann


08 December 2020


Performers


Ensemble Vienna
Daniel Froschauer, violin
Raimund Lissy, violin
Michael Strasser, viola
Josef Niederhammer, double bass
Gottlieb Wallisch, piano
Wolf-Dieter Rath, viola


Programme


Franz Schubert

Five German dances with coda and seven trios, D 89


Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in D minor, Hob. III:22


Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 4 G major, op. 58; version for piano and string quintet by Alexander Pössinger

played in a quintet version from handwritten notes from the archive of the Ges. d. Musikfreunde, 19th century arrangement, Roman Zäch


09 February 2021


Performers


Ensemble Vienna
Daniel Froschauer, violin
Raimund Lissy, violin
Michael Strasser, viola
Josef Niederhammer, double bass
Ronald Janezic, horn
Jan Janković, Horn


Programme


Carl Maria von Weber

Overture to the opera "Der Freischütz"; arrangement for two violins, viola and double bass by Georg Straka


Ludwig van Beethoven

Sextet for two horns and strings, op. 81b


- Intermission -


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

March F major, KV 248

Divertimento in F major, KV 247, "First Lodron night music


10 March 2021


Performers


Ensemble Vienna
Daniel Froschauer, violin
Raimund Lissy, violin
Michael Strasser, viola
Josef Niederhammer, double bass


Programme


Franz Schubert

Overture for four strings C minor, D 8A

String Quartet in E flat major, D 87


- intermission -


Franz von Suppè

Overture to the comedy "Poet and Farmer"; arranged by Martin Bjelik


Philipp Fahrbach jun.

Queen of Hearts. Polka française, op. 118; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Joseph Lanner

28ger. Ländler, op. 20; arranged by Heinrich W. Pek


Franz Schubert

Grazer Galopp, D 925; arranged for four strings by Heinrich W. Pek


Joseph Lanner

Evening stars. Waltz, op. 180

Tarantula gallop, op. 125


Johann Strauss son

Artist life. Waltz, op. 316


29 April 2021


Performers


Ensemble Vienna
Daniel Froschauer, violin
Raimund Lissy, violin
Michael Strasser, viola
Josef Niederhammer, double bass


Programme


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overture to the opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio", KV 384

Divertimento in B flat major, KV 137

String quartet D major, KV 155


- Intermission -


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546

from "Don Giovanni", KV 527

from "Così fan tutte", KV 588

Musikverein Brahms Hall

For many years, this hall was known only as the “Kleine Musikvereinssaal”, until in 1937, during the 125th anniversary year of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, it was given a name that truly reflects its importance: the Brahms Saal. Johannes Brahms not only performed in person in this hall, he was also behind the very first concert to be performed here, by Clara Schumann on 19 January 1870. The standards set that day have been maintained ever since. The Brahms Saal remains one of the most prized locations for the greatest chamber music ensembles and lieder singers performing in the world today.

 

With just under of 600 seats, the hall is designed to showcase the intimate aspects of classical music. The hall acoustics are perfectly attuned to deliver this: the Brahms Saal – 32.50 metres long, 10.30 metres wide und 11 metres high – possesses a similar acoustic brilliance to the Große Musikvereinssaal.

 

When the Musiverein building was opened in 1870, the Kleine Musikvereinssaal was described as a “true little treasure chest”. It was even suggested that this hall might warrant greater praise and wonderment than the Große Musikvereinssaal: “One might even wish to award the prize to this hall for its peacefulness and simple grandeur.” It is abundantly clear that Theophil Hansen’s design for the Brahms Saal created an architectonic masterpiece of the Historicism period. His commitment to the “Greek Renaissance”, evident in the design’s allusions to classical Hellas, make this concert hall an authentic temple of chamber music.

 

In 1993 the Brahms Saal underwent a comprehensive restoration programme. The restoration project involved consulting the original designs held at the Print Room at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.  This made it possible to reconstruct the original colour scheme created by Hansen as the Musikverein’s architect: green walls, red columns and the liberal use of gold.

 

When the Brahms Saal reopened to the public in its new form in 1993, a Vienna newspaper wrote: “Without wishing to raise expectations too high, this has been transformed into the most beautiful, magnificent and prestigious chamber music concert hall we are likely to find anywhere in the world.”

(c) Wolf Dietrer Grabner
© Nancy Horowitz
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