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Vienna Youth Orchestra on the Stage of the Romanian Athenauem
As I was saying, the whole event bore the hallmark of neatness and a certain reticence to excess, excess that might have suited it if it were for certain opuses. Although Mahler's symphony was noticeably the most important part of the evening's programme, Berg's opus drew my attention. This was also probably due to the audience having the chance to listen to the evening's soloist, to soprano Ursula Langmayr's live performance. Possessing a deep knowledge of the musical text and a visibly obvious affinity for German music, she offered the audience a good performance. Without having too strong of a voice (the orchestra seemed overwhelming at times) she brought the Viennese opus to life for the audience attending the concert at the Romanian Athenaeum.
The atmosphere in the hall completely changed till the end. The encore offered us all a scent of a Viennese ball due to the The Bat operetta by Johan Strauss II and The Feast of Fire Polka by Johann Strauss.
The audience fully experienced the spirit of this New Year's concert and applauded for minutes on end, the musicians having made several comebacks onstage.
Translated by Anca Romete and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest