Vienna Media News 11/2019 Beethoven live in Vienna
The Vienna Philharmonic will set the ball rolling in fall 2019 with a Beethoven cycle at the Vienna State Opera’s Gustav Mahler Hall. The series of ten chamber music evenings runs until mid-June 2020. On February 1 and 2, 2020 members of the Vienna State Opera ensemble present all of the master’s vocal works in four concerts on a single weekend. The Wiener Symphoniker will be behind the bulk of the Beethoven performances at the Wiener Konzerthaus: the packed program for 2020 is bookended by his Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Day and a final rendition of “the Ninth” on New Year’s Eve. The intervening highlights include a reenactment of the Grand Beethoven Academy of 1808 and a simultaneous concert with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn – an open-air event with public viewing areas in the Beethoven cities of Bonn and Vienna.
Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, will feature at two of the capital’s opera houses in 2020. The final of the three versions of this opera features virtually every season at the Vienna State Opera, but in 2020 the original iteration (the piece started life named Leonore) will be returning to a stage in Vienna. The Theater an der Wien, where Beethoven was engaged and lived for a time, will be a place of remembrance in 2020. A production of Fidelio by Christoph Waltz running from March 16-27, 2020 will take Beethoven’s operatic work back to the place where it was first performed. In 2020 the Musikverein will be celebrating Beethoven as well as the 150th anniversary of the Musikverein building. Rudolf Buchbinder is staging a special Beethoven cycle, while Daniel Barenboim will perform Beethoven piano sonatas, and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Andris Nelsons will play his symphonies. Beethoven’s chamber music will be juxtaposed with contemporary works in the Beethoven heute cycle.
The musicAeterna of Perm Opera from Novosibirsk will be performing all of Beethoven’s symphonies at the Konzerthaus at the end of March 2020 under its founder and conductor, the rebel of classical music Teodor Currentzis. On October 16, 2020 the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester under Marin Alsop will be giving their rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth at the Konzerthaus. The event is part of the global All Together: A Global Ode to Joy project. On the night, nine concerts involving nine partner orchestras on five continents will be performing Ode to Joy in the language of the country they are in. Martin Haselböck’s Wiener Akademie orchestra – in which all the performers play authentic instruments – is continuing its Resound Beethoven series. The atmospheric concerts will take place at the sites of the original premieres. By 2020, recordings of all of Beethoven’s symphonies and piano concerts performed by the Wiener Akademie on original instruments will be available.
- Vienna Philharmonic, www.wienerphilharmoniker.at
- Vienna State Opera, Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, www.wiener-staatsoper.at
- Wiener Symphoniker, www.wienersymphoniker.at
- Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna, www.konzerthaus.at
- Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Vienna, www.theater-wien.at
- Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.musikverein.at
- ORF Radio Symphonieorchester, rso.orf.at
- Orchester Wiener Akademie, www.wienerakademie.at
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