Tonkünstler Orchester - Mahler 7
22.10.2017 - 24.10.2017 | Wiener Musikverein - Goldener Saal, Großer Saal
Robert Trevino, conductor
Symphonie Nr. 7 e-Moll
The Großer Musikvereinssaal, exactly 48.80 metres long, 19.10 metres wide and 17.75 metres high, combines the in itself static, stabile basic form of a rectangle with enlivening details. The walls and the ceiling are rhythmically arranged, forms and colours enter into an interesting interplay.
The ceiling paintings by August Eisenmenger – Apollo and the nine Muses, surrounded by allegorical figures – create a dynamic counterpoint to the dominant golden tone of the hall.
Another no less attractive contrast is the plain white of the sculptures by Franz Melnitzky. The pairs of female figures, indolently elegant, moulded over the balcony doors and the organ, perfectly correspond to the straight-backed caryatids in the stalls – feminine variations in the historical interplay of the main hall.
In the midst of this, the art of music takes on the concrete form of marble busts of famous composers of the past (only masters who had already died before 1870 were accepted into this illustrious gallery). And above all this there is the row of arched windows. Daylight also plays its part in Hansen’s symphony of colour.
More than two thousand people, 1,744 seated and 300 standing, come together as one audience.