Ensemble Collegium Viennense

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You can look forward to a special concert experience with the nine artists of Collegium Viennense. What awaits you at a performance by this classical ensemble? In a top quality performance you will hear beloved melodies from the Mozart operas "Abduction from the Seraligio", "The Marriage of Figaro", and "Cosi fan Tutte" specially arranged for the interesting instrumentation of two oboes, two clarinets, two horns, two bassoons and a double bass.

In addition to their extensive artistic activities in the major symphony orchestras in Vienna, the members of Collegium Viennense have impressively managed to successfully establish the so called "harmony music" in the concert hall.
Every epoch has its musical tradition - the "harmony music" as a scaled-down form of a large opera was invented, as it were, by the Austrian Emperor Joseph II and served to entertain the royal court as well as to make opera highlights well known among the commoners. In addition to the enchanting "harmony music" of Mozart, the extensive repertoire of the Collegium Viennense includes works of Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak and Carl Maria von Weber as well as the best of contemporary composers: a CD of an octet by Otto Strobl dedicated especially to the ensemble was recorded for the Austrian Radio.

With its numerous concert appearances throughout Austria, among others at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt and in Vienna's Konzerthaus, as well as tours in the neighbouring countries, Collegium Viennense has proved itself to be the insider's tip for experts and enthusiasts of the current chamber music scene. You will experience a brilliant and uncommon ensemble which capably combines tradition and innovation.

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