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Program and cast

ARTISTS
Vienna Concert Association
Alessandro Bonato
conductor

Christoph Sietzen
Percussion

PROGRAMS
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento in F major, KV 138
Helmut Schmidinger

"... do not believe any thoughts that are not born outdoors and move freely ..." Music for multi-percussion and string orchestra (world premiere)
Samuel Barber

Adagio for strings, op.11
Dmitrij Shostakovich

Chamber Symphony, op.110a
End: approx. 21:30

13 OCTOBER 2022

PERFORMERS
Vienna Concert Association
Tarmo Peltokoski
conductor

Felix Klieser
horn

PROGRAM
Joseph Haydn

Symphony in F minor, Hob. I:49, "La passione"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for horn and orchestra in E flat major, KV 417

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for horn and orchestra in E flat major, KV 495
Gabrielle Proy

Momiji (world premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"

03 FEBRUARY 2023

PERFORMERS
Vienna Concert Association
Pablo Boggiano
conductor

Timothy Chooi
violin

PROGRAM
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony in D major, KV 196 + KV 121 (207a)
Concerto for violin and orchestra in A major, KV 219

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Tomasz Skweres

concertino
Antonin Dvořák

Romance in F minor, Op. 11; Version for violin and strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony in A major, KV 201

MARCH 12, 2023

PERFORMERS
Vienna Concert Association
Leslie Suganandarajah
conductor

Matthew Bartolomey
violoncello

PROGRAM
Antonio Vivaldi

Sinfonia for strings in B minor, RV 169, "Al Santo Sepolchro"
Overture to the opera "Il Giustino", RV 717
Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet in A minor, op. 132 - 3rd movement (Holy song of thanksgiving to the deity of a recovered person)

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Robert Schumann

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129; Version for cello and strings by Markus Höring
Matthew Bartolomey

"The Waves" for cello and orchestra (world premiere)

MAY 25, 2023

PERFORMERS
Vienna Concert Association
Marek Stilec
conductor

Miriam Rodriguez Brüllova
guitar

Roman Patkolo
double bass

PROGRAM
Hans Rott

Symphony for string orchestra in A flat major
Sylvie Bodorova

Bruromano, Concerto for Guitar, Double Bass and String Orchestra

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Franz Schubert

Death and the Maiden, D 531; arranged by Gustav Mahler

JUNE 21, 2023

PERFORMERS
Vienna Concert Association
Dmitry Matvienko
conductor

Karl Eichinger
piano

PROGRAM
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Serenade for string orchestra in C major, op. 48
Heinrich Gatemeyer

Kirby Suite

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George Gershwin

Concerto in F for piano and orchestra

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
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