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Once again in the golden hall from Musikverein
The viennese Musikverein is one of the greatest and most important cultural institutions in the world. Basically, it is a concert hall (seating for 1744 and standing room for approximately 300 people) but the industry behind this hall is a huge one, for it involves the people engaged in the group The friends of the viennese musical society. A concert in the wonderful Golden Hall is an unforgettable memory. I was so happy to return in this dreamlike place on the evening of November the 29th and to be able to listen the music amazingly performed by the Wiener Symphoniker Orchestra, under the baton of the conductor Adam Fischer. The evening's soloist was the pianist Jasminka Stanèul and the program included Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major KV 488 by Mozart and Symphony No. 7 in E minor by Mahler.
Born in Serbia, the pianist Jasminka Stanèul completed her musical studies at Vienna (Noel Flores) and Geneva (Maria Tipo). Her carrier has gone on an ascending path ever after she was the recipient of the First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition from Vienna. She performs on the greatest boards, along with the most appreciated orchestras and the most famous conductors. Chamber music helds an important place in the work of the pianist who, starting with 21th of October, is also a proffesor of the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
Her technique is spectacular, she plays with a delicate touch and has a very powerful pathos. She has an impressively light virtuosity but I confess that I did not fancy at all the sweetened, flat pink fondant like, excesively feminine atmosphere and the lack of any contrast that covered Mozart's music. I acclaimed with much more enthusiasm an extremely difficult Etude which's composer I did not succed to disclose and about which I can say that it truly had a modern, contemporary note and also the Sonata by Scarlatti, that he played as encores.
Adam Fischer is one of the names written in capital letters in the contemporary international music life. I insist on his highly succesful attempts from the lyrical theatre : born in 1949 in Budapest , the musician made his first appearance as répétiteur for the Graz Opera and next, he bounded his name to the musical theatres from Helsinki, Karlsruhe, Munchen and Budapest. In 1980, he makes his first appearance at the National Opera from Vienna, where he conducts the Tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung and the cycle Mozart- Da Ponte, amongst others. During the 2015-2016 season, his name appears on the playbills of the viennese Opera, bounded to the Tetralogy, Don Giovanni, but also to the La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart and Parsifal by Wagner. Of course, his reputation as a conductor of simphonical orchestras places Adam Fischer among the best contemporary musicians but I insisted, however, on his work as opera conductor in order to explain the appreciation of the way he performed the monumental Simphony No. 7 by Gustav Mahler, in which he rather highlighted the elaborated inner drama, the constant whirl, the sharp conflicts and the pains of a long and demanding creation. The 80 minutes of the composition physically exhausted the conductor, the orchestra - remarkable, by the way! - and the public.
Nevertheless, we still had the power to finally acclaim the musicians for a long while, with truthful feelings.
Translated by Raluca Ilie
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest, 1st Year