I talked to the neighbour. It is his last year at the university. He is very bright and very much into hospitality business (that’s his degree, which I am sure will be with distinction when the time comes next year). “What are you doing this weekend?”, – he asks.

“Oh, do you know Hugo…” – I start.

“Of course!” He looks at me with disbelief. “The number one cocktail last year. Still popular”

Hugo Wolf, I mean”

After a bit of confused silence: “That friend of your husband who…” (Sorry, Hugo, if you are reading this. Some sentences better left unfinished. You know the boy ).

Hugo Wolf is another Austrian composer who is not necessarily totally forgotten but  is not really known today either.  He was famous for his revolutionary use of tonality to underline meaning. One of his most famous works is “Italian Serenade”.

What we are going to on the 15th of October is the concert at Burg Perchtoldsdorf.  The title is “Hugo-Wolf-Serenade”. Matthias Fletzberger on piano. And Andreas Schager – wonderful voice.

Wagner, Smith’s aria from “Siegfried”.


Chamber Musik Festival – Schloss Laudon

Aron quartett



This is the 10th Festival. This year it runs from the 20th of August until the 27th of August. Like most Austrian musical festival, it is very reasonable priced. If you book all seven days it will cost you 200 Euros. It is technically in Vienna, so the question “What to do” will never pop up.

The programme is rather interesting:

Kammermusikfestival Schloss Laudon Konzertprogramm 2016


Monday, 21.8. 19:30 Opening N.N.
Gabriel Iranyi Streichquartett (2008)
Egon Wellesz Streichquartett Nr. 2 in g-moll op.20 (1920)
Franz Schubert Streichquartett Nr. 15 in G-Dur D887 (1826)
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Tuesday, 22.8.2017 Alban Berg Streichquartett op.3 (1909/10)
19:30 Arnold Schönberg Streichquartett Nr. 1  op.7 in d-moll (1904/05)
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Wednesday, 23.8.2017 Darius Milhaud Duo pour Deux Violons, op.258 (1945)
19:30 Mieczyslaw  Weinberg Sonate für 2 Violinen op.69 (1959)
Sergei Prokofiev Sonate für 2 Violinen op.56 (1932)
Tiffany Wu und Ludwig Müller
Thursday, 24.8.2017 Vorgespräch Im Gespräch mit Francoise Fürstenthal
19:30 Robert Fürstenthal Lieder (1980-2009)
Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1884–85)
Alma Mahler (Vier) Lieder  (1899-1901)
Johannes Brahms Lieder und Gesänge.op.32 (1864)
Aus den Slawischen und Deutschen Volksliedern
Rafael Fingerlos, Bariton
Magda Amara, Klavier
Friday, 25.8.2017 Hans Krása Thema mit Variationen für Streichquartett (1936)
19:30 Lesung Aus der “Kreutzersonate” von Leo Tolstoi (1904)
Leoš Janáček Streichquartett Nr. 1 “Kreutzersonate” (1923)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Streichquintett in g-moll KV 516 (1787)
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Julia Stemberger, Rezitation
Lena Fankhauser, Viola
Saturday, 26.8.2017 Claude Debussy Quatuor op. 10 (1893)
19:30 Gideon Klein Fantasie und Fuge für Streichquartett (1942)
František Domažlický Lied ohne Worte für Streichquartett (1942)
Dmitri Schostakowitsch Streichquartett Nr. 4 in D-Dur, op.83 (1949)
Quatuor Debussy
Sunday, 27.8.2017 Bohuslav Martinů  Streichquartett Nr. 2 (1925)
11:00 Robert Schumann Klavierquintett in Es-Dur op.44 (1843)
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Cristian Niculescu, Klavier