Saison
2022/23
Sophie Heinrich, Zyklus KAMMERMUSIK

CHAMBER MUSIC

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Alma Mahler welcomes us into her music salon; and we are invited to hear the flute at a Philharmonic soiree. We listed to the clarinet played in a trio setting, in a journey of musical discoveries. And we witness Joseph Haydn, an old man in love, suddenly turn into a Hungarian Gypsy King. The classical string quartet sounds as fresh as its very first performance; and, staying with the quartet formation, the piano takes its turn in the limelight. Even in our jubilee year, chamber music still gets top billing! Celebrated performers join forces with stars in the making to bring us six hours of marvellous music. The musicians include: the Minetti Quartet; TrioVanBeethoven; Christian Altenburger with Dorothy Khadem-Missagh, Thomas Riebl and Patrick Demenga; Daniel Ottensamer in concert with his young friends Stephan Koncz and Christoph Traxler; Sophie Heinrich and Paul Rivinius; and Philharmonic soloists Walter Auer and Franz Bartolomey.
TH 29.
Sep
2022
7:30 PM
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A chance to hear three of the most famous works for flute trio in a single evening. These works were written by different composers, each of them deemed a piano marvel of their time. Hummel’s “Schöne Minka” variations (based on a popular Russian folk song) are amongst his best-known works. Weber wrote his trio for a doctor friend, “Dr Philipp Jungh zu Prag”, who was himself an outstanding cellist and chamber musician. At the premiere performance of his much-loved D Minor Piano trio in Leipzig in 1840, Mendelssohn took the piano part himself. The flute often replaces the violin part in this work — indeed, this variation was authorised by the composer himself, and it is considered one of the finest in the chamber music repertoire of lyrical, romantic pieces.
TU 18.
Oct
2022
7:30 PM
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A world-famous masterpiece, a world premiere, and a gem amongst string quartets which the world seems to have forgotten. KV 590 in F Major is the last string quartet that Mozart composed. Most unusually for Mozart, he spent a long time polishing the piece, eventually creating one of the most profound and fascinating works in the genre. The Minetti Quartet continue their highly successful collaboration with composer Ángela Tröndle with the premiere performance of her second String Quartet. This is followed by Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor. Written in tribute to all the composers and violin virtuosi of Vienna, this early 20th century masterpiece is played so rarely nowadays that this performance also has something of a premiere feel.
SA 28.
Jan
2023
7:30 PM
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Tickets available from 29. Sep 2022
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“My head is so full of ideas. If only someone could write them all down!”, wrote Antonín Dvořák in 1889. He completed his second Piano Quartet shortly afterwards. Josef Suk, his student at the Prague Conservatory, was also full of inspiration. When he presented his composition examination piece in 1891, it was greeted with general amazement. And Beethoven’s E Flat Major Quartet, written when he was just 16, is in no way inferior to these other works. Each is a superb example of the piano quartet form, which, even in a musical city like Vienna, features on concert programmes all too rarely,. That’s not how things should be, thought Christian Altenburger. So, together with his long-standing musician friends, he decided to take on these three masterpieces of the form.
WE 29.
Mar
2023
7:30 PM
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In 1828, Franz Schubert wrote to his publisher of his final piano trio: “This work is dedicated to none except those whom it pleases”. Years later Robert Schumann, who famously helped bring Schubert’s music to the attention of the wider world, spoke of a “fiery star in the heavens”. His friend Felix Mendelssohn, who conducted the first performance of Schubert’s great Symphony in C Major, did not have it easy when it came to his own second (and final) piano trio. The work was always overshadowed by his first composition in this form — and unfairly so. Joseph Haydn dedicated a set of trios he composed in London in 1795 to the pianist Rebecca Schroeter, a woman “who I could very easily have married, had I been single”. These included his most famous trio work, the G Major “Gypsy”, with its fiery “Rondo a l’Ongarese”.
WE 12.
Apr
2023
7:30 PM
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So who would the young Alma Mahler have invited to a musical salon at the Vienna residence where she lived with her husband Gustav? Which composers would she have asked to perform their latest works in this intimate chamber setting? A little-known fact: Alma wrote music herself. But when she married Gustav, she had to give up her dreams of being a composer. This was a stipulation of Mahler’s. She studied composition with Zemlinksy, and was in close contact with Pfitzner, while Richard Strauss and his wife Pauline were frequent guests at the Mahler home. Sophie Heinrich and Paul Rivinius invite us into Alma’s salon. They play works by some of the “house guests”, and Heinrich is moderator for the evening.
MO 15.
May
2023
7:30 PM
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Trios for clarinet, cello and piano. Ludwig van Beethoven did it. So did Brahms, Bruch, Fauré, Glinka and Zemlinsky. Even Arnold Schönberg did it - although his was only sixteen bars long. They all composed for a trio format of clarinet, cello and piano. Some of these became much-loved musical treasures; others have yet to be discovered. Clarinettist Daniel Ottensamer, cellist Stephan Koncz and pianist Christoph Traxler have known each other since childhood. So they make the ideal team to find these hidden treasures. “The Clarinet Trio Anthology” is the name of their endeavour, which promises an exciting voyage of discovery to all who board at MuTh.
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