about the show
Postcards From Vienna is like going to four private recitals in four days, all with your very own expert guide, and then coming together to talk about it on the fifth day.
We steer clear of music terminology and focus on what matters: listening and watching closely, enjoying the music and seeing brilliant artists perform.
1. Johannes Brahms. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1
2. Gustav Mahler. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight) from Rückert-Lieder
3. Joseph Haydn. Piano sonata in E flat No. 59, 1st movement
4. Arnold Schoenberg. Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19
Each episode starts with a mini-documentary presented by British conductor Jonathan Berman, who is known for his jargon-free and cross-artform approach to sharing complex ideas with all audiences. He draws on examples in visual art and sculpture and points out musical details you might not have noticed before. Together, you'll discover nuances that bring the music to life. If you don't have any artistic or musical training, don't worry! It's not needed.
To close, you'll be treated to a recital of the music, up close and in high quality film and sound. The performers are American pianist George Fu and Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean.
This series was filmed at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London in July 2020.