Anton Webern

Along with his teacher, Arnold Schönberg, and Alban Berg, Anton Webern (born on December 12th 1883 in Vienna) formed the so-called "Second Viennese School", which made a major contribution to the development of modern music in the 20th century. Like...  more

Six Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6

The 1913 world première of the Six Pieces for Orchestra at the Musikverinssaal in Vienna precipitated a scandal: for this work, the longest movement of which lasts 4 minutes and the shortest not even 50 seconds Webern had asked a huge orchestra to...

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Gustav Mahler

Military music and trumpet calls, the sounds of nature and cow bells, funeral march and wooden mallet – there is hardly any kind of music or any instrument missing from the symphonies of Gustav Mahler (born on July 7, 1860 in the Czech town of...  more

Symphony No. 9 D major

Alban Berg, who attended the 1912 world première of Mahler´s Ninth Symphony, conducted by Bruno Walter, described the work in a letter to his wife as “the most magnificent thing Mahler ever wrote”. Mahler himself did not hear the performance of his...

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Fabio Luisi, conductor

A winner of Grammy and ECHO Klassik Awards, Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera (named Best Opera Company at the 2014 International Opera Awards) and as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He has also been...  more