Vienna Music Tour, December 2017

St. Charles Church (Karlskirche)

Our first stop in the Vienna music tour was St. Charles Church, within walking distance of our excellent hotel      Erzherzog Rainer. The St. Charles Church is one of the most impressive baroque churches in Europe.      It was built in the early 18th century and it's main attraction is the beautiful dome. We used the elevator to get a close look at the amazing Rottmayr frescoes.

St. Charles Church
St. Charles Church
The Organ at St. Charles Church
St. Charles Church's Dome
St. Charles Church's Dome
St. Charles Church's Dome

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna music tour included two operas: Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss and Mozart's Magic Flute.      Both operas were perfectly executed thanks to the excellent conductor, Adam Fischer (an Hungarian conductor, the brother of renowned conductor Ivan Fischer),      the excellent singers and the orchestra, which is composed mostly of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.     

All opera performances at the opera house are translated into several languages (English, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, etc.) on a personal device located in every seat,      Making it easier to follow the opera's synopsis.

Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera Chandelier
Vienna State Opera

Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier

The Vienna state opera conducted by Adam Fischer with Krassimira Stoyanova, Peter Rose, Stephanie Houtzeel.

Mozart's Magic Flute

Mahler Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) in the magnificent Musikverein Hall

We had a rare opportunity to hear a live concert of Mahler's epic work. Mahler Symphony No. 8 is seldom played because of the enormous resources needed to play it.

The orchestra at the concert was the Tonkünstler orchestra conducted by the Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada. A number of mixed choirs, a children's choir and eight soloists participated the performance.

Although not all 8 soloists were in superb, the excellent choirs, wonderful orchestra, the conductor who perfectly controlled the massive amount of musicians and singers contributed to the extraordinary experience. Of course, the legendary acoustics of the hall, which miraculously balanced perfectly between clarity and resonance, also contributed to the experience.

The Musikverein hall - main entrance
The Organ player set the Organ for the performance
The Musikverein Concert Hall
The Musikverein Concert Hall
The Musikverein Concert Hall
The Musikverein Concert Hall - Night View
The Musikverein Concert Hall - Night View

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral, perhaps the most prominent symbol of Vienna, is built in the Gothic style, whose prominent features are tall, pointed towers (the monumental height is supposed to give a person a sense of small and insignificant compared to God) and dark lighting (to enhance the effect of light from windows and stained glass).

An elevator ride to the northern tower allowed us to view the impressive mosaic roof closely and enjoy the view of Vienna.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral - Night View
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral - Organ
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

The visit to St. Peter's Church (200 meters from the cathedral) was a complete contrast to the Gothic and dark St. Stephen's Cathedral. From the Gothic darkness we moved to the magnificent baroque bright and golden church, where we listened to a wonderful a-cappella concert of a children's choir.

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche) - Organ
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche) - Organ
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
St. Peter's Church - The Dome
St. Peter's Church - The Dome

Vienna Museums

We toured a number of selected museums:      The Albertina Museum (Monet and Picasso), the Museum of Natural History, and Museum of Fine Arts, which is the most impressive of all.

     The Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History      Designed in the neo-Renaissance style are called "twins" since they stand side by side as a mirror.

The twins museums
The Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

ארמון הופבורג

ארמון הופבורג שימש כמעון חורף של השושלת האוסטרו הונגרית ומהווה השלמה לארמון שנבורן אשר שימש כמעון הקיץ. הסיור כלל מכשיר הדרכות קוליות אישי המאפשר לכל מבקר לנווט בארמון באופן עצמאי ולבחור בעצמו את המוצגים עליהם הוא רוצה להתעכב.

הסיור בארמון כולל 3 חלקים: אוסף כלי הכסף הקיסרי, מעון החורף עצמו, ומוזיאון סיסי המרשים, המוקדש לחייה של הנסיכה אליזבת, הקיסרית האוסטרית האהובה, שנרצחה בשנת 1898.

סמוך לארמון ניצבת כנסיית סנט מיכאל שבא נוגן לראשונה הרקוויאם של מוצרט מיד לאחר מותו.

Hofburg Palace - Night View
Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace - Silver Collection
Hofburg Palace - Silver Collection
Hofburg Palace - Silver Collection
Hofburg Palace - Silver Collection
St. Michael Church next to Hofburg palace

Vienna Churches Tour

Apart from St. Stephen's Cathedral and the St.Peter and St. Charles churches, we have visited two other important churches in Vienna, with an impressive architectural structure:      The Church of Thanksgiving (Votivkirche)      Built in the style of the neo-Gotti with the sharp towers,      And the St. Francis of Assisi Church      Which looks like a castle from fairyland.

Votivkirche
Votivkirche
Votivkirche
Votivkirche
Votivkirche
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi

Christmas in Vienna

Vienna is particularly beautiful in the pre-Christmas period when it is decorated throughout the city and especially in the various markets.

Christmas in Vienna
Christmas in Vienna
City Hall Christmas Market
The Market near St. Charles Church
The Market near St. Charles Church
Vienna Cathedral
Vienna Cathedral