Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Sackcloth and Nono’s ashes

Vienna gets just the one annual visit from the Arditti Quartet – a date cherished by Wien Modern regulars, who welcome the group like contemporary music royalty. A good event, then, to showcase Konzerthaus and audience to various Intendanten – the most I have seen at any one concert – including KH boss-in-waiting Matthias Naske, on working vacation from Luxembourg. Plans however went pear-shaped with the announcement that the house’s management had scheduled a commercial event to take place at the same time in the Großer Saal (normally not a problem) and not thought to clarify how much amplification Herbert Grönemeyer’s gruff crooning would require (very much a problem).

(For those who weren’t there, the first half went ahead as planned and there will be a review shortly.)

In a lengthy email sent this afternoon, the Konzerthaus explains the cock-up: the Grönemeyer concert was supposed to be a ‘relatively intimate event for his closest fans, not like a stadium appearance’. The relevant Denglisch used here is ‘Club-Gig’. It was thought that the delicate quietude of Nono’s Fragmente – Stille, an Diotima would be undisturbed, that is until the first sound check at 17:00 on the day of the concert (according to the house), though something doesn’t add up here as the Arditti concert was pushed back to 19:00 some days before, with reference to Grönemeyer. Adding insult to injury, Wien Modern had this date booked well before Grönemeyer’s management approached the house, and on the night, their Intendant and innocent party Matthias Lošek was left to carry the can and get roundly booed (yes, Rico Gulda, I saw you lurking sheepishly).

The silver lining is that a portion of the commercial takings will be going to a good home. Vienna claims to be the world’s most livable city but all doubt is removed concerning the global capital of whinging, and Wien Modern’s patrons have not been reticent. Now I wonder if the concessions extracted are starting to get ridiculous. On the night we got:
  • A complimentary drink as we waited all of fifteen minutes to hear that the second half was cancelled
  • A free col legno CD
  • A ticket refund (not, understandably, for those admitted with the Generalpass)
  • The promise that the Ardittis will give two Wien Modern concerts next year, one to include the cancelled Nono
As of this afternoon, the house is adding two free tickets to one of the five events listed after the jump, so if you bought your ticket at the Kassa and didn’t get the email, be sure to claim those. If pushed, Kerres will throw in one of his Guantanamo jumpsuit cakes and a weekend in Darmstadt. On a serious note, I am curious to see how many of those so aggrieved at missing the Nono will show up for this ensemble LUX concert.

The five concerts are:

Donnerstag, 17. Jänner 2013, 19:30 Uhr, Berio-Saal
phace : siete vidas «Musik und Multimedia»
PHACE Ensemble
Lars Mlekusch Saxophon
Simeon Pironkoff Dirigent

Albertas Navickas: accidental
(Kompositionspreis «Towards the Next 100 Years» des Wiener Konzerthauses in der Kategorie «Audiovisuelles/multimediales Werk»)
Charlotte Seither, Chaya Czernowin, Leah Muir u. a.: Intersections
Jorge Sánchez-Chiong: Neues Werk für Saxophon und Ensemble
Martin Matalon: Las siete vidas de un gato
(zum Film «Un Chien Andalou» von Luis Buñuel)
und die «unknown surprise»

Sonntag, 12. Mai 2013, 19:30 Uhr, Mozart-Saal
19:30 Uhr: «Formentis Vorwort»
20:15 Uhr: Konzertbeginn
Marino Formenti Vortrag, Klavier
Avanti!, Kammerorchester
Marcus Farnsworth Bariton
Dima Slobodeniouk Dirigent

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Catch and release
Magnus Lindberg: Corrente - China Version
Helena Tulve: A travers
Thomas Larcher: Die Nacht der Verlorenen

Donnerstag, 23. Mai 2013, 19:30 Uhr, Berio-Saal
Jörg Widmann
Jörg Widmann Klarinette
Experimentalstudio des SWR Live-Elektronische Realisation

Werke von Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel, Heinz Holliger, Gerhard E. Winkler, Peter Ruzicka, Jörg Widmann, Igor Strawinski, Mark Andre und Pierre Boulez

Freitag, 24. Mai 2013, 19:30 Uhr, Berio-Saal
phace : kantrimiusik «Musik und Theater»
PHACE Ensemble
Kabinetttheater Ensemble
Anna Hauf Sopran
Ursula Langmayr Mezzosopran
Richard Klein Tenor
Thomas Reichert Regie
Simeon Pironkoff Dirigent

Mauricio Kagel: Kantrimiusik / Pastorale für Stimmen und Instrumente

Montag, 10. Juni 2013, 19:30 Uhr, Großer Saal
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Marwood / Robertson
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Anthony Marwood Violine
David Robertson Dirigent

György Ligeti: Rumänisches Konzert
Steven Mackey: Beautiful Passing für Violine und Orchester
Igor Strawinski: Petruschka / Burleske in vier Szenen (Originalfassung)

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