Viennese noir... with red tinges
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Sunday 13 July 2008
Friday 11 July 2008
The woman allegedly held captive by her father for 24 years has been questioned by prosecutors for the first time, it was reported today.
Friday 20 June 2008
The Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz will remain with the Dutch Euro 2008 squad despite a family tragedy, the coach, Marco van Basten, said yesterday.
Thursday 19 June 2008
A group of smiling youngsters sporting Austria shirts, scarves and red and white face paint sauntered through the Vienna fan zone. So does football fever live on in Austria despite the nation's Euro 2008 exit?
Monday 02 June 2008
Wednesday 21 May 2008
His plays were the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, David Hare's The Blue Room and Tom Stoppard's Dalliance, but outside Austria and Germany, the name Arthur Schnitzler is not instantly recognisable.
Sunday 18 May 2008
This impressive experimental duo set by tyro pianists David Stapleton and Matthew Bourne consists of 17 shortish, continually diverting pieces titled after lines of a 17-line poem by Julie Tippetts.,/p>
There's no show-off virtuosity, but instead a surprisingly winning regard for sound as sound, and an eclectic approach that covers Satie-like sentience, Cecil Taylor knuckle-isms and Viennese abstraction. Recorded at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds, it's the first release of a new record label formed by Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson.
Monday 05 May 2008
Tuesday 29 April 2008
At this wonderful concert, a packed Royal Festival Hall was treated to a slide-rule performance of a programme that could have been a run-of-the-mill outing for well-tried orchestral standards. Instead, we were witness to an exemplary interpretation of Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, in which Christoph von Dohnyáni conducted the sublime Philharmonia through a sure-footed and delightfully witty reading with a lightness of touch exemplified by his economical gestures. The tempi were brisk, which could have wrong- footed the woodwind, but they were more than equal to the task.
Sunday 30 March 2008
Franz Schmidt's oratorio had its first performance in Vienna two months after the Anschluss, which is about as bad a launch as you can get.
Saturday 29 March 2008
Q. We are a family of three generations – two senior citizens, our daughter and her two teenage children. We would like about three full days in Vienna and about 10 days in the sun, perhaps at one of the north Italian lakes. We like our comfort, and would also prefer a package holiday or tour operator to do all the paperwork. E Brent, via email
Thursday 13 March 2008
Monday 07 January 2008
Johann Strauss's Vienna is doubly engaged in nostalgia: the yearning of his age for the Holy Empire of Maria Theresa, and our own yearning for the city of Strauss himself. Of course, Maria Theresa's Vienna was cruel and squalid, Strauss's corrupt and hollow. But our imagination fills this world with a regret for lost splendour that colours every bar of this music.
Friday 30 June 2006
Tuesday 06 June 2006
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