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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job in a paper factory had protected her – until she and her sister were arrested for forging travel documents for French prisoners of war. So they were considered criminals, a […]

Music to Vanquish Nations

Music to Vanquish Nations

The camera is focused on a tall, ornate opera house, and we hear the orchestra surge under a deep, soaring bass. It pans down to show two small people walking out. The young woman – Diane Keaton – is protesting; they had a deal, she says in the famous scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder […]

A Stage on Every Corner

A Stage on Every Corner

The abundance of opera in this town sometimes makes me giddy. If all the world’s a stage, in Vienna it’s a theatre in song. And I’m not only talking about the three big opera houses in town, although they are all familiar, places where I often sit – or stand – with wide-eyed enthusiasm until […]

The Value of Asking

The Value of Asking

Inside the music industry, revenues have plummeted as listeners turn to YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify and torrent streams as ways of getting free tunes. Record companies have been forced to cut back on the number of artists they produce, promote and market. So new and smaller acts go independent, using new online platforms to find fan […]

Living Large, Hans Salomon Turns 80

Living Large, Hans Salomon Turns 80

On 10 September, Austrian jazz legend Hans Salomon turns 80. It’s a breathtaking milestone – no small matter after all for a reed man – but there seems to be no stopping him. In honour of the occasion, Salomon will be the subject of a series of tributes, joining an illustrious line-up of colleagues throughout […]

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra live

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra live

After performing at the Grafenegg festival on 29 and 30 August, the concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with the German star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and their music director, Austrian Manfred Honeck, at the Philharmonie Berlin will be broadcast live on 31 August on arteliveweb.com and on the website of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.The complete concert […]

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Jazz is having a mid-life crisis; you can see it in the jazz festival programmes. To survive, some festivals have been throwing up a strange mix, programming heavily on the smooth-pop side of jazz. But beneath all of the reverb and showbiz of the American media machine, there is interesting music to be heard. Below, […]

Sounds Like Summertime

Sounds Like Summertime

Festivals are to summer what drinking Glühwein is to Christmastime: Nothing prevents you from partaking all year round, but off-season, it just wouldn’t feel right. In Austria, culture vultures have already descended on the festival circuit – beginning to the west, at one of the country’s oldest continuing Festspiele: the salzburg festival (19 July – […]

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken is enjoying a lovely spring day in one of her favorite places, the beautiful wine valleys of the Wachau. As she strolls up to a café by the Danube with friends, a bewildered old man spots this tall, radiant, uninhibited woman with long, flowing hair and large sunglasses as she walks by and […]

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