Music to your ears in Vienna
From contemporary museums and coffee houses to its imperial history and impressive architecture, the capital of Austria is a city that is worthy of your time and attention.
During her tour of Europe, Tori Salman discovered that Vienna was also the perfect place to indulge in a lavish evening of local culture…
“Having descended the 343 steps of the intricate gothic tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral, or Stephansdom as it’s known locally, we were still gasping for breath in Stephansplatz when we were approached by a local, who was offering us a bargain price for a classical music performance that evening.
We procrastinated over this offer, but erred on the side of caution and decided not to buy the tickets on the street. However, that got us thinking. We were in one of the classical music capitals of Europe, so we set about finding the box office. After all, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Beethoven are all names that are closely associated with Vienna.
After a lazy afternoon sipping coffee in a nearby cafĆ©, we headed off to freshen up and prepare ourselves for the recital. Not being into Classical music as such, we were really just going along for the experience, but the tiny music hall seemed perfect for an intimate recital of classical music. The walls were elaborately painted in rich red tones which made the room feel welcoming and cosy and the seating arranged so that everyone had a fantastic view of the stage.
The musicians appeared, and began their work. This was a recital of some of the works of Strauss. The musicians were really focussed and the audience appreciative, although the heavy breathing of the violinist during some of the more lively parts of the performance was a little distracting!
We thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience an essential part of the culture of Vienna.”
Photo: Stephansdom, Vienna, by Lyn Meredith.