Concert Series

Distinguished Guests,

I am proud to announce the upcoming, second season of my concert series BAROQUE VIOLIN REDISCOVERED (Barockvioline unentdeckt) in Vienna.
Under the motto music never gets old, we will embark on an adventure to the treasures at heart of the Capital of Music—long lost and forgotten, sophisticated pearls of Viennese culture, written by the masters of the 17th and 18th century. The skillful performances we are to encounter, shall deepen our understanding of baroque violin music and shed light onto compositions which have been disregarded for too long.

I am looking forward to sharing a delightful musical experience with you!

Best regards,
Jolanta Sosnowska

The concerts which in the previous year 2021 took place in most dazzling Viennese churches in the districts such as Wieden, Währing, Mariahilf, Hietzing, Liesing, and downtown Vienna— will now be held in the concert hall SALVATORSAAL – an architectural masterpiece with mesmerizing wall paintings. This magnificent hall from the Baroque period, a pearl among the smaller halls of Vienna, remains unknown, even to the inhabitants of the Austrian capital. No wonder: in everyday life there is no public access to this hall, since it has always been part of the monastery. The concert series “Baroque Violin Undiscovered” offers not only the unique opportunity to enjoy the precious baroque music, but also the unique beauty of the hall.

The highlight of the 2022 Season will be Anonymous Violin Works from the collection named “Estensische Musikalien”, from the National Library Austria (an anthology of 17th and 18th century compositions and manuscripts, named after the Italian city Este). The Works from the collection will be premiered for the first time after many hundred yaers. The concert, which also include less known works of Antonio Vivaldi is scheduled for October 20th. The Programs are moreover featuring premiere performance (after 300 years) of captivating Violin Music by Antonio Caldara (December 2nd). On September 29th you can experince the beauty of late baroque poliphony of the Nicola Porpora‘s Violin Sonatas, published in Vienna in 1754. On June 23rd you will have the chance to discover Violin Music by Ignazio Albertini, printed post mortem in Vienna in 1692. These are technically and compositionally independent works in which the Italian style has intertwined with the virtuoso violin tradition of Albertini’s Austrian and German contemporaries in an interesting way.

The novelist and composer Georg Daniel Speer (1636-1707) has aroused more and more interest lately, perhaps because his fate and his achievements meet with great understanding among our contemporaries. During his travels and wanderings he gained a lot of knowledge, which he describes in his numerous musical and narrative publications. For example, he reports on ballets (dances) of different peoples (e.g. Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks, etc.), which he also records in the sheet music. In addition, for the first time, he gives us news of various musical instruments that he has found in the various countries, such as the viola d’amore and the baritone. He draws his knowledge not so much from scholarly books of other authors, but from his own observations. And so, between the pieces of music, the stirring, humorous historical texts of Georg Daniel Speer are read by the well-known Viennese actors Liliana Nelska and Johannes Wolf.

Tickets for these concerts can be reserved here. Please make reservation as soon as possible and pick them up at the box office. Admission without reservation – only if seats are available; experience shows this is usually the case.
During intermission wine, water and bread will be provided!
Free choice of seats – come in time; if possible, make reservation in advance! All concerts begin at 7.30 pm.

The magic of the place and the enchantment of the baroque music, baroque stories and the light play make the Concert Series BAROCKVIOLINE UNENTDECKT an unforgettable live experience for the audience.

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Fragment of the Salvatorsaal Fresco Ceiling. Photo © Tadeusz Krzeszowiak