Tuesday, 16 October 2012
100 years of Pierrot Lunaire
To mark the centenary of the work’s Berlin premiere, Berlin comes to Vienna tomorrow night for a HIP Pierrot with members of the Philharmoniker and German actress Barbara Sukowa in the Albertine Zehme role. The Klangforum subscriber base could normally be relied on to sell out the Mozart Saal for something like this, but the prospect of more heightened speech than muted song appears to have kept folks away and the number of unsold seats is an embarrassment. I am not familiar with the 1988 Sukowa recording and have no idea what to expect, but the event at least promises some pocket-friendly Schoenberg fun after work: tickets are available in all price categories – Cat. 6 is best avoided, Cat. 5 Balkon centre is a bargain for the sight and sound – and include free entry to the new Pierrot exhibition at the Schoenberg Center.