Category: Programming

14 April 1907

The end of the season is in sight. The number of concerts is dropping: it looks like mostly voice recitals this week. There are a few high-profile concerts coming up before May, but just a few. I still don’t understand this feast-or-famine approach. Why can’t the concerts be spread out more over the year? The […]

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28 March 1907

My list of opera and operetta offerings has been incomplete thus far! This is because the Tageblatt has not been including the Komische Oper or the Lortzing Theater. For tonight, the Komische is doing Hoffmann’s Erzählungen, and Der Troubadour at the Lortzing can be added to Die Lustige Witwe at the Theater des Westens and […]

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22 March 1907

It’s Friday, and there are three big events tonight: Teresa Carreño is giving her only concert in Berlin this year; Felix Weingartner is premiering a symphony by Christian Sinding, and Robert Robitschek is conducting “modern tone poems” by Dvorák, Humperdinck, and himself.  Ah, Madame Carreño! She has been a favorite since her debut with the […]

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21 March 1907

Today (Thursday) we have Ludwig Wüllner giving his seventh concert of the 1906-07 season. It includes Wagner’s “5 Gedichte,” Strauss’s Notturno, with Joseph Van Veen playing violin obligato, 5 Lieder by Anna Cramer, Lieder by Mendelssohn and Strauss, and to conclude, Max Schillings’s Das Hexenlied. This is a sample of Wüllner’s rendition of the Hexenlied. […]

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20 March 1907

Sometime over the last year I had the idea of a day-by-day account of 1907’s concerts. Then I realized I would not have enough time to post every day. Well, now I do! The middle of March is getting toward the end of the season already. After May 1st it’s basically done. So let’s see […]

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Concerts in November 1907

A bumper crop of violinists There were 169 concerts this month. One of the highlights was the debut of eighteen-year-old violinist Efrem Zimbalist, who gave three concerts and won unanimous praise from the critics. His programs included the Brahms Violin Concerto; his performance almost forty years later with Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra can […]

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The String Quartet’s past and future in Vienna

When the Joachim Quartet came to Vienna for the last time in March 1907, giving the complete Beethoven Quartets in five concerts, the event was appreciated all the more in the wake of three recent concerts of Schoenberg’s works, including the premiere of the String Quartet in D minor, op. 7. The conservative critic writing […]

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