Vivaldi´s The Four Seasons in Vienna
As one of the most famous and most frequently played works of music in the world, you definitely need to experience Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" during a classical concert visit in Vienna. The musical interpretation will be performed by the internationally renowned Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the unique location of the Minorite Church: an incomparable place to enjoy classical music in Vienna, which convinces both acoustically and architecturally.
It was in 1725 that the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi published "Le quattro stagioni", The Four Seasons, and thus his most famous work. These four violin concertos are truly exceptional and take the audience on a musical journey, each concert representing a season and interspersed with wonderful imitations of nature. Vivaldi's experience as a virtuoso violinist also enabled him to develop particularly effective playing techniques.
Tickets for Vivaldi's most famous masterpiece are always in great demand, as the Four Seasons have always been a source of enthusiasm for music lovers all over the world, from young to old. And especially in Vienna, world capital of music, it is a special tribute to Vivaldi & his music to get tickets to a wonderful concert to experience his composition in this historic ambiance. Nowhere else will you feel an atmosphere such as in Vienna - it is THE magic place to enjoy classical music and no other place enchants with its acoustics as beautifully as the Minorite Church (Minoritenkirche) in the heart of Vienna's old city centre.
Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678. In his early years he first became a priest, later he went on to be the musical director of the orchestra of Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. During his career he composed countless violin concertos, operas, and also an extensive amount of sacred choral works of lively, virtuoso style. Vivaldi brought up the solo concerto as a major form of the High Baroque and made a breakthrough in three movements. It was also he who first systematically used the so-called ritornello form, in which the orchestra repeats a musical passage several times and alternates with solo passages that have a more free-style character.
While Vivaldi was very influential in northern Italy and also in the German area, he remained unnoticed by the music world during his almost one-year stay in Vienna. He died in 1741 in the Habsburg metropolis and was buried only a few metres from the St. Charles Church, today the site of the Technical University of Vienna, and like Mozart's tomb, his is also not preserved. In Germany, however, Vivaldi enjoyed a high reputation, which even influenced Johann Sebastian Bach's style and further development. For example, Bach transcribed several of his concertos for harpsichord and organ.
The Vivaldi Four Seasons are undoubtedly one of the most famous works of all time in classical music history, with Vivaldi's revolutionary violin concertos. Four sonnets were the model for his masterpiece, which transport the four seasons of the year to the audience in a powerful acoustic way: with wild thunderstorms and lightnings, breaking ice and birdsong, sleeping shepherd boys, a hunting party and many other peculiarities.
Don't miss Vivaldi's masterpiece at an unforgettable classical concert in Vienna, the world capital of music! Get your tickets to the world-famous Four Seasons by Vivaldi in Vienna and experience unforgettable acoustic moments with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Minorite Church to create unforgettable memories.
The Minoriten Church is a Catholic church built in French Gothic style and is located at the center of Vienna’s historic inner city, in the first district and just a few minutes away from the Hofburg. The so-called Minorites were Franciscans who founded the Minorite Monastery in Vienna in 1224. The church building was completed in 1350, as one of the first Gothic churches in Eastern Austria. Ever since then, the Minorite Church is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna.
Since 1784, the church has been owned by the Italian Congregation and has grown to become the cultural and social centre of the Italian Catholic community of Vienna. It is often referred to as the Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows.
The striking saddle roof of the church rises above the silhouette of Vienna's city centre and its "shot down“ tower is another striking characteristic of the building, dating back from the times of the Austro-Turkish wars. Since then, some massive alterations have taken place, the last major alteration being in the years around 1900, when the neo-Gothic annexes were built in which the Italian Congregation is housed.
The Minorite Church in Vienna is one of the oldest and most artistically valuable churches in the city and definitely provides a unique venue for classical concerts – both acoustically and architecturally.
Tickets are available in 4 different categories:
All prices are total prices, including all taxes and statutory fees. We do not bill any sort of additional charges.
Concert length is 65 minutes.
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How to go there?
You can take the subway line U3 until the station “Herrengasse“ and take the exit “Minoritenplatz“ which will lead you directly in front of the Minoriten Church.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.