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Wien Modern Festival: ‘Classical’ Hardcore

Wien Modern Festival: ‘Classical’ Hardcore

If you need some contemporary music, you can go down to Flex on the Vienna Canal any day and get a thumping dose. Drum and bass, jungle, trance, house, electro. My surrogate daughter recently introduced me to dubstep. It’s dark and slow, with an awesome bass. But, I must admit, after a few minutes, it’s […]

Our Meetings with Mahler

Gustav Mahler died 100 years ago this month, on May 18, 1911. And as concert planners will do, they have designated the centenary of his passing Mahler Year in his honor. For Mahler fans all over the world, performances of his music abound: there is a bewildering choice of upcoming events to choose from. And […]

Book Review: Orchesterspielen

Vienna’s Radio Symphony Orchestra: A Living History What more perfect team is there than a great orchestra? Perhaps the only thing that compares is the team of a great hospital. Each member an incredible specialist with years of training, practice and experience, with the ability to work to the finest detail as a group, moving […]

The Truth About Being Modern

The Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO) was nearly sacked last year. Now they are securely and legally part of the ORF, with the express purpose, among other things, to play and record contemporary Austrian composers. But they are not leaning back, with a sigh of relief – pressure off, business as usual – as others […]

‘Here and Now’: Wien Modern

Modern music is not composed for dancing or consumption in a “feel good” fashion but is to be perceived in a concentrated and contemplative manner, has said young Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud, born in Innsbruck in 1974. And whether yea or nay, there will be plenty of chances to hear new music in contemplative […]

This or That Coincidence

There’s no such thing as a coincidence! That’s been said all the way from the ancient Greeks until Wittgenstein. On Thursday, Jun. 17, Bertrand de Billy conducted his last subscription concert at the Musikverein as the music director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO), exactly the same day that, at 13:11, the new ORF […]

Around the Universe In Forty Minutes

The first thing to remember is, we are there to entertain,” said British conductor, Wayne Marshall. Dressed in casual all-black, he took a seat in the Green Room of the Grosser Sendesaal at the Radiokulturhaus of the Austria Radio in Vienna’s 4 District that serves as the home of the Austria’s only Radio Orchestra. The afternoon […]

Handel & Britten Restaged

The Theater an der Wien has opened its 2009/10 season with something old and something new – Handel’s oratorio Susanna, composed in 1748, and Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice, composed just a generation ago, in 1973. Although hardly a traditional bride, the youngest opera house in Vienna, has no need for lucky tokens – […]

Radio Symphony Orchestra: Playing for Time

The perilous situation of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) continues and, if anything, is deepening, with threats of dissolution as early as January 2011, according to orchestra representatives. A critical meeting of the ORF (the Austrian national broadcasting station) supervisory board will take place on Nov. 5, for what is expected to be a […]

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