Saison
2021/22
Christian Altenburger & Students

CHRISTIAN ALTENBURGER

Master & Students

From a piano trio to a piece for large string ensemble: Christian Altenburger’s “Master & Students” cycle covers a broad spectrum indeed. Internationally acclaimed artists appear alongside a selection of the finest students from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (mdw), in a series of programmes offering a wide range of content. The performances include masterpieces for piano trio from Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich and Bedřich Smetana. Rarely heard pieces from Edward Elgar, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Krzysztof Penderecki also feature, while Camille Saint-Saëns’ entrancing “Carnival of the Animals” transforms MuTh into a musical menagerie.
Cycle ticket prices:
  • Kategorie A | 96,00 €
  • Kategorie B | 86,40 €
  • Kategorie C | 72,00 €
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  • Junges MuTh bis 26 Jahre
  • Kategorie A | 48,00 €
  • Kategorie B | 36,00 €
  • Kategorie C | 21,60 €
  • Loge | 120,00 €
Confirmed
TU 09.
Nov
2021
7:30 PM
Chamber music
| Concert
Concert
Adults
The series starts with piano trios by master composers from three very different eras. All three pieces achieve a fine harmonic balance between the three voices, and each describes a full dramatic arc. At the premiere of his “Ghost Trio” in 1808, Beethoven sat at the piano alongside Count Erdödy himself; Shostakovich composed his Trio in E minor in 1944, and dedicated it to his friend, the musicologist Ivan Sollertinski; and Smetana’s G minor Trio, composed in 1855, memorialised his daughter Bedriska, who died at the age of four and a half.
Confirmed
TU 25.
Jan
2022
7:30 PM
Chamber music | Orchestral music
| Concert
Concert
Adults
Mozart’s friendship with the clarinettist Anton Stadler gave rise to some of his finest compositions. Included among these are his five Divertimenti for Three Basset Horns, works which draw the listener in with the warmth and darkness of their tonal palette. Krzysztof Penderecki also explores unusual tonal colours in his Clarinet Quartet as well as in his virtuoso - yet nonetheless playful - Duo for Violin and Double Bass. When listening to Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”, there’s only one question: “When will the swan come?” It’s on its way! And then the swan finally arrives — gracious and majestic, brought to life by the song of the cello.
Confirmed
TH 28.
Apr
2022
7:30 PM
Chamber music | Orchestral music
| Concert
Concert
Adults
The grand finale. To bring his cycle to a close, Christian Altenburger has programmed two works for string ensemble, both of them serenades: Edward Elgar’s pastoral “Serenade for Strings”, inspired by the English Middle Ages; and Antonín Dvorák’s warm and intimate Opus 22. Another well-known piece is Franz Schubert’s sonata for the long-forgotten arpeggione (a kind of six-stringed cello, fretted like a guitar, invented in Vienna in 1823). This piece is performed nowadays in many different versions. The setting performed here is arranged for cello and string ensemble.
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