The eight members of the vocal ensemble Graindelavoix.
© Koen Broos


Early music on historic instruments reinterpreted: the Resonanzen festival is a long-runner and presents the best of the best that the scene has to offer. The Wiener Konzerthaus traditionally becomes the center of this extraordinary event at the beginning of each year.

The Ten Commandments

"You shall have no other gods before Me" - the festival begins with the first commandment and tells of its harshness with Georg Friedrich Handel's oratorio "Theodora". The choir and orchestra formation Arcangelo celebrates its musical debut with this opening evening in the Grand Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus. The Sollazzo ensemble under the direction of fiddler Anna Danilevskai, the British soprano duo Fair Oriana and the Spanish Grande Chapelle of Albert Recasens can also be experienced for the first time in the course of the festival week.

The performances by cembalist Ton Koopman, the vocal ensemble Graindelavoix of Björn Schmelzer, Katharina Bäuml's Capella de la Torre, the Conjunto de Música Antigua Ars Longa and the Ars Antiqua Austria round off the program. The close of the festival is celebrated with the 10th Commandment: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house". In a musical competition of the kind popular in the 18th century, violin and keyboard virtuosos face off against each other in the Mozart Hall.

Baroque dance and more

The accompanying exhibition "Historic Instrument Making" in the foyer and in several halls of the Konzerthaus has become a tradition on the first weekend of the Resonanzen. The exquisite reproductions of historic instruments can also be tried out and purchased.

On some days, before the main concerts, there is a "prelude" at which young, highly-promising talents can be heard. The annual and popular Baroque dance course will also be held again. The Neuer Salan of the Konzerthaus will also be used for the time in 2020: on both weekends of the festival, it serves as a cinema for the blocked performance of all ten films of Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Dekalog".

Resonanzen 2020: The Ten Commandments

January 18-26, 2020
Information and tickets

Vienna Konzerthaus

Lothringerstraße 20, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 435  cm  long
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 2 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 94 cm wide and 190 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      All halls accessible via elevator, inner ramp.

      2 elevators from ground floor (door width: 90 cm, cabin depth: 190 and 140 cm, cabin width: 94 cm).

      Wheelchair seats: 18 in the Grand Hall, 6 in the Mozart Hall, 3 in the Schubert Hall and 4 in the Berio Hall. Seeing-eye dogs permitted (by prior arrangement).


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