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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.
Chamber music | Classic
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”.
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. Mahler’ insisted on this. 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. Introductory talk Alma Mahler had a number of roles - wife, mistress, muse - which defined her solely in terms of her relationship to the men in her life and to other important artists of her day. Her musical talents, and her own artistic output as a composer, have been far less explored. Sophie Heinrich, Concertmaster of the Wiener Symphoniker, was inspired by the music that Alma Mahler created and the roles she played in her life to create this programme IN ALMAS MUSIKSALON. Before the concert Sophie Heinrich will give an introductory talk. Here she will explain the programme selection and explore Alma Mahler’s situation as a female musician as well as the ongoing importance of the struggle for equal opportunities for women. In the Atelier, 18:30
Chamber music | Classic
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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