Wiener Akademie
9th May 2000, 8:00 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church

Tickets to be purchased from the Cultural Information Centre at: PLN 30/20

Established in 1985 by Martin Haselböck, the Wiener Akademie is an orchestra praised highly all over the world for its typically Austrain sense of music, virtuosity, and lively interpretation of the repertoire ranging from Baroque to early Romanticism. From its very first days, the ensemble has concentrated, part from the standard repertoire, on popularisation of less known works as e.g. La deposizione della Croce by J. J. Fux, Ode for St Cecilia’s Day by J. F. Handel arranged by W. A. Mozart, and Mozart’s freemason funeral music.

The repertoire of the orchestra includes also opera works, including the following Mozart’s operas: Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni, Il sogno di Scipione and Le nozze di Figaro. In 1994 they performed La contessina - an opera by Mozart’s contemporary, Florian Leopold Gassmann in the Viennese Schönbrunn Castle and in Potsdam. Plans include the productions of Haendel’s Xerxes and H. Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

The Wiener Akademie Orchestra performs regularly during international music festivals and such concerts series as Frankfurter Feste, Prague Spring, Wiener Festwochen, Klangbogen, Carinthischer Sommer, Cuenca Festival, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Händel Festival Halle and numerous others. The orchestra has filled prime halls of the world with its music, giving concerts in the Tokyo Suntory Hall, in New York, in Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Cologne Philharmony, in Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, and in Izumi in Osaka. The Wiener Akademie is famous for its recordings. Among the records they released it is worth mentioning the Mass in E flat major by F. Schubert (for Capriccio), Mass in E flat major by J. N. Hummel (for Koch), concerts for wind instruments by G. Ph. Telemann and a selection of Austrian Baroque music (for Novalis), as well as CD-Extras (audio, video, and CD-ROM) of J. Haydn’s Creation Mass (PAN Vienna). A great recording enterprise was the selection of not that well known yet equally fascinating music from the Austrian imperial court.

Apart from the regular concerts and festival performances, the Wiener Akademie participates in special recording arrangements (e.g. soundtracks for films and TV scores). The exquisite Viennese orchestra is known to the Krakow public from their performance during the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in 1998. The programme of this year’s concert of the Wiener Akademie in Krakow will consist of four Suites (BWV 1066(C), 1067(h), 1068(D), and 1069(D)) by J. S. Bach.

The Orchestra will be conducted by Martin Haselböck, its founder, consummate master of the organ and conductor, the winner of numerous awards and organ competitions. He is often invited to conduct other ensembles: the Hungarian and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Opera Orchestra, Vienna and Hamburg Symphonic Orchestras, and the Northern Sinfonia. Martin Haselböck is also often invited as a soloist to inaugurate a new organ (in Nagoya, Heidelberg, Kobe, Athens and Lübeck. As the Viennese court organist and the professor leading the Class of Organ at the Music University of Lübeck, he runs regular master courses in Europe, USA and Japan.


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