Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy, born on August 22nd 1862 in St.-Germain-en-Laye, was first a glowing admirer of Richard Wagner, but soon turned away from the German musical tradition to develop a French national musical idiom. The style he arrived at was called...  more

"Prélude à `L'Après-midi d’un Faune´"

Not until I heard "L'Après-midi d’un Faune" for the first time did I know what music really is. No less an authority than Maurice Ravel was the one who used these words to express his boundless admiration for the work of his friend and colleague...


Franz Schubert

With the compositions of Franz Schubert, a new sound entered music history: a cantabile tenderness, which, time and again, completely unexpectedly shifts into an evocation of dark depression and fateful, inescapable catastrophe. These abrupt mood...  more

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 "Tragic"

Whether or not Schubert ever heard his 4th Symphony, which he completed in April of 1816, is questionable. Like his other symphonies, including the 6th, it was listed by the critics among the "symphonies of his youth”, to which no marked...



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. 4 in G major

Gustav Mahler´s Fourth Symphony is certainly his most “classical” one in terms of dimensions, orchestration and stylistic approach. It was written in 1889 and 1900 in his summer refuge in Maiernigg on the Wörthersee. Its basic mood is through and...


Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Genia Kühmeier, soprano

Genia Kühmeier was born in Salzburg and initially studied music and vocal teaching at the Hochschule "Mozarteum" in Salzburg before continuing her studies for solo voice at the University for Music in Vienna as a student of KS Margarita Lilova and KS...  more