Vienna special festive concerts for Christmas and New Year

The “Mozart Ensemble – Wien” play in the tradition of the Viennese classical period. The repertoire includes works of Haydn, Schubert and especially, as in the today’s program, Mozart.

The “Mozart Ensemble – Wien” consist of four experienced musicians of the Vienna chamber music, who works as soloists too. Tours and concerts brought them into all European countries, to Japan and South America, where they played almost the entire quartet repertoire. The Sala Terrena offers the perfect scenery for the music of the Viennese classical period.

Even Mozart appreciated the wonderful acoustics and the incomparable atmosphere of the “Sala Terrena”.

The “Concerts in the Mozart house” take place in the oldest concert hall in Vienna where Mozart used to work and play for Bishop Colloredo in 1781. Mozart lived in this house in the year 1781 from 16 March to 2 May.

The Sala Terrena with its beautiful vault, is situated on the ground floor next to the church and the sacristy. It was designed and painted in the second half of the eighteenth century in late Renaissance Venetian style in the reign of the Land Commander Carl Borromäus Count Colloredo Waldsee (Land Cammander from 1764 – 1786).

The grotesque scenes, the scenes of baroque sensuality, the floral paintings and the animal scenes give evidence of the purpose of this hall, as a place of pleasure for body and soul. The famous Viennese popular figure “der liebe Augustin” is also depicted here.

In the course of the renovation of this hall, it became evident that this is the oldest part of the building. Fragments of gothic frescos were found and this seems to confirm the tradition that even before the Holy Cross had existed there.

Today the Sala Terrena is used for musical performances by the Teutonic Order, and for other purposes of representation. Just as the church is a fine example of gothic revival, so the Sala Terrena is a baroque jewel that was beautifully restored in the course of the renovation.

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