Close-up of violin playing hands
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Music for home

#stayhome is evident everywhere you read in the media these days. Fortunately, music performances can be wonderfully streamed, filmed and even spontaneously staged.

We are over the moon that the planned new production of Fidelio by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will soon be shown on TV and online:

Fidelio — Beethoven's only opera

ORF 2 presented the first broadcast of the new production of Fidelio, the only opera of Ludwig van Beethoven, on March 20, 2020. It was recorded at the location of its original premiere in the Theater an der Wien. The recording can be watched on the classical platform www.myfidelio.at.

Social media for musical contacts

Social media regularly invites you to special events. Not only are musicians asked to sing a serenade from a window, balcony or rooftop but also the audience to applaud vigorously through an open window.

You can listen to a nice selection and a few "samples" of Vienna's united voices here: fm4.orf.at/stories

The Homestage Festival provided a stage for local artists and numerous concerts, readings and performances were held which you can still listen to online.

Thanks to Isolation Nation and a party stream on Facebook and YouTube, Viennese DJs and DJ collectives such as Heimlich, Merkwürdig, Zuckerwatt, Scheibosan, 808Factory, and Crazy Sonic sweetened the evening. The local club culture is constantly giving a sign of life under "United We Stream". This project also supports the Viennese club scene.

Vienna State Opera & Konzerthaus live

The best places in the Vienna State Opera have never seemed so close: Thanks to the free livestreaming for watching at home what gives us an incredible look in the Operas archives. The Konzerthaus also brings exceptional music enjoyment to your home on the website www.konzertzuhaus.at. Three times a week, musicians in small groups actually play live for the audience in front of empty auditoriums. The project is called Moments Musicaux.

World stars of music

2020 is all about Beethoven and his musical legacy around the entire world. We interviewed global music stars Billy Joel, Yuja Wang, Hans Zimmer and many other greats from the international music business and elicited from them some fantastic songs of praise about Beethoven's musical output and Vienna, the world capital of music. All Ears on: Vienna

Radio stars

FM4, a multi-lingual radio channel in Vienna, plays small concerts of famous artists in special "home sessions", which you can stream from the comfort of your home. The mini-concerts will be shown daily at 7.00 pm on fm4.orf.at.

Music of bygone days

Even the Jewish Museum Vienna has been represented on the music platform Spotify as of recently. The selection goes back to the music of the 1920s and 1930s, as it was played in well-known cafés at the time. You can find the channel on spotify.com

The RadioKulturhaus provides recordings which, although quite recent, are nevertheless very much worth seeing. Every day at 8.00 pm, concerts from the archive of the RadioKulturhaus will be played as video streams with a focus on homegrown musicians in particular. This week's program includes brass music, jazz and blues.

Making of: Vienna Volksoper

On its YouTube channel, the Vienna Volksoper shows background videos on productions, interviews with artists and performers, as well as excerpts from "The Gypsy Baron" and "Carmen" and glimpses of rehearsals of "Brigadoon".

Close-up of violin playing hands
© WienTourismus/Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien/Peter Rigaud
Auditorium in the Vienna State Opera with a view of the main stage
© WienTourismus / Paul Bauer
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