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The Cleveland Orchestra at the new Opera hall in Franz Welser Most’s hometown
(Vivian Goodman)

Vienna’s Musikverein is where history was made. But Linz, Austria is breaking new ground in the presentation of classical music with the help of advanced media technology in its new Musiktheater. There Ars Electronica of Linz and other graphic, sculptural and architectural wizards have created a unique environment for modern fans of a classic art form.

The trouble is, the hall is an opera theatre. It was built for singers, not symphonic players. Some here felt that the Cleveland Orchestra’s magnificent dynamics from fortissimo to pianissimo were not shown to their greatest advantage at Monday night’s concert.

There’s lots more Beethoven to come later this week at the Vienna residency, but tonight’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Grosse Fuge, and Eroica Symphony may not have been the best moments of a so far largely successful tour.

Each seat has its own screen
(Vivian Goodman)
View from rear of house
(Vivian Goodman)

 

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