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“An emotional musical experience”
Review of Musikverein

Musikverein
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Vienna Mozart Concert at the Musikverein
Ranked #56 of 807 things to do in Vienna
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This is one of those places that I never thought I'd visit in the flesh, let alone get to a concert there, so to make it on my first time in Vienna, and see my home town band, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, play two concerts there was an unforgettable experience.

Joining up with the CBSO's European tour was a 60th birthday treat, with the highlight being a chance to sample them making music in one of the most famous concert venues in the world. Initial impressions are not necessarily striking: the exterior is not exceptional, and the crowded foyer is not brilliantly signposted, so finding a loo or even where you're supposed to be sitting is not easy. You have to hand in outdoor coats etc., but this is no problem, because the ladies collect in and return your items with remarkable efficiency and good humour. Indeed, I found all the well attired staff to be approachable and ready to help. As for the interior, you may have seen it on the tele, but it still takes your breath away when you see it in the flesh. Even more importantly, the much vaunted acoustics are superb: the sound is warm and keeps its clarity even when the orchestra is going full tilt. I especially enjoyed how the woodwind seem to come through with a beautiful, unforced naturalness.

At the end of the day, for all its merits and history, I wouldn't swap the Musikverein for Birmingham's marvellous Symphony Hall, but the chance to see the CBSO play their socks off to a packed hall in accompaniment to Anne Sophie Mutter in Brahms, and then in Stravinsky's Petrushka, and hear the rapturous applause and cheers of an audience used to listening to the Vienna Phil, was one of the best concert going experiences of my life. All in all, an unforgettable 60th birthday treat!

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

finest performances there are mandatory.
only the most famous artists get access.
if the music programme fits your taste,you can go there without doubt

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

I enjoy classical music, I understand that this place is world famous. However, it was stuffy, the staff were rude, and to be honest I wish I had enjoyed a "touristy" concert instead, because it would have been more fun.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Don't be fooled by the exterior, the interior, is enough to make you go wow!
If that doesn't, the concert hall would be, exceedingly stunning, which is an understatement.

Vienna, besides being famed for it's classical music background, the city is also famed for their Vienna Boy's Choir of which the people still holds dear. Thus, coming to this city, I'd pre-booked the tickets in advance and I would say the performance was overwhelming.
It has two venue for the concert, one which is in the royal chapel, and another one in Musikverein, by the concert name of Wiener Hofmusikkapelle. The performance was so captivating that it nearly moved us to tears, which makes us wonder why we hadn't attend such performances before

You do need to pre-book the tickets in advance, in my case, two months, and the tickets get sold out fast so do your homework.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

If you are a serious music lover and aspire to hear great music at one of the World's most famous and beautiful concert halls a bit of common sense is in order. The Musikverein is of course home to the Vienna Philharmonic and also hosts concerts by major visiting orchestras from other parts of Europe and U.S. etc. (Chicago S.O./London S.O./Bavarian R.S.O. for example) These tickets are always in great demand and not easy to obtain though if you are lucky enough to be staying at one of the city's top hotels your concierge might be able to oblige. If you get offered tickets by one of the many "period" dressed people in the street then it will be a strictly" tourist affair", which in effect means, nothing close to the standards of the VPO or other major orchestras and a programme of Mozart's "Greatest Hits" or similar ilk. Be prepared for annoying audience antics at these events. These concerts mostly take place "out of season" meaning during the Summer months and around Christmas when the major orchestras are taking a break. If you don't want to pay for a concert you can tour the hall at various times, well worth while as it's such a fantastic building.

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