The young, up-and-com­ing mu­si­cians make their Vi­enna de­but

METROPOLE - Vienna in English - - ON MUSIC -

Founded this year by young pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians from all over Europe, the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester cel­e­brates mu­sic with­out bor­ders while de­con­struct­ing cham­ber mu­sic from the 19th and 20th cen­turies as well as con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal works.

More in­ti­mate than full or­ches­tral sym­phonies, cham­ber mu­sic was ini­tially in­tended for home per­for­mances by any­where be­tween 3 and 40 mu­si­cians, en­tic­ing with a sub­tlety oth­er­wise lost in large venues.

With 17 mem­bers from 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, Alma Mahler has a par­tic­u­larly charm­ing chem­istry; freely flit­ting be­tween re­duc­tions of full or­ches­tral pieces and cham­ber scores, they are re­laxed and vis­i­bly en­joy play­ing to­gether. Cur­rently con­ducted by Bri­tish shoot­ing star Leo Mc­fall, their first con­cert in the home­town of their name­sake will fea­ture a de­par­ture from clichéd fare, ring­ing in the new year with se­lected works by De­bussy, Dvořák, Mart­inu, Poulenc and Ravel.

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