Prisma Wien Copyright Stefan Schweiger (free use for print and online media when citing copyright)
Prisma Wien
Thomas Fheodoroff copyright Rosa Frank (free use for print and online media when citing copyright)
Thomas Fheodoroff
Prisma Wien has been a regular guest of the Carinthian Summer Festival for several years. Their popular picnic concerts at Damtschach Castle are among the summer highlights. In the past, the audience enjoyed musical discoveries in programmes devoted to the great masters of Viennese classical music: Haydn & Friends (2016), Mozart (2017) and Beethoven (2018). This season’s programme includes a day with Schubert & Friends which, in addition to masterpieces such as the Octet in F (D 803) or the Impromptu no. 1 in C minor (D 899) adapted for string quintet by ensemble leader Thomas Fheodoroff, also includes delicate fantasies by Henry Purcell and a work by the young Swiss cellist and Prisma member Ursina Braun.
Since its foundation by Thomas Fheodoroff in 2004, Prisma Wien has played compositions from all stylistic epochs after 1600. The ensemble whose members do not want to restrict themselves to one epoch only – their artistic curiosity does not stop at the turn of a century or era. Always on the lookout for extraordinary musical experiences for both the audience and the musicians, the members devote themselves to a wide range of works from five centuries in various instrumentations, from string trio to Beethoven’s symphonic orchestra. For Prisma, it goes without saying that they are at the cutting edge of musicological research, playing the instruments befitting the time when the music was created. Founder and director Thomas Fheodoroff engages with these questions in intensive archival research, often unearthing unknown instrumentations for the ensemble. Last year, for example, Prisma played Beethoven symphonies on historical instruments in Carinthia for the first time. Beethoven’s symphonies will continue to keep Prisma busy in the coming years; this is a long-term project of the ambitious ensemble. This year they will surprise the audience with a Concert spiritual at the Abbey Church of Ossiach, playing music by Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the Mozart contemporary hailing from the Caribbean, by Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
A prism that breaks down rays of sunlight into many colours – at the time of Haydn, Mozart or Goethe, the original instrument ensemble whose name translates as “prism” would probably have been compared to mercury, “in view of its immense divisibility and mobility” (Grimm). After all, the lively ensemble always makes music in the most wonderful ways, no matter if it divides itself up into duos or trios or plays as a full orchestra. Their concerts make the audience feel how much the artists trust each other, how they play in interaction with each other and engage in a dialogue. They speak a common vernacular and they have many plans for the future.

 

Sat 3 August / 11:00 – around 19:00