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Opening of the Bösendorfer. Festival. Wiener Neustadt


Together with Friedrich von Thun, Florian Krumpöck opened the first season of the „Bösendorfer. Festival. Wiener Neustadt“ in the casemates of Wiener Neustadt, an architectural jewel from the 12th century. As the artistic director of this 20-part concert series, Florian Krumpöck will gather numerous renowned artists of various genres around the Bösendorfer grand piano and play Beethovens 32 piano sonatas himself until June 2021. seperator

The 3rd piano concerto by Johannes Brahms


Under the direction of Florian Krumpöck, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Silver Garburg Piano Duo recorded Richard Dünser's arrangement of the famous Piano Quartet op. 25 in g-minor by Johannes Brahms for piano four hands and string orchestra. The masterpiece has now been published by “Berlin Classics”. seperator

Concerts in Weitra


The first autumn concerts in the beautiful old town hall in Weitra have become something like a tradition. Florian Krumpöck opened this year's “Recreate”-concert-series with a solo recital. The second concert was a pre-premiere of Franz Schubert's "Winterreise", which has been congenially transformed into Viennese dialect by Roland Neuwirth and which was compiled and recorded together with Florian Krumpöck and Neuwirth as singer last year. seperator

"My second self“


Florian Krumpöck's new album "My second self" has been released by “Quinton Records” and immediately became CD of the week and CD of the day by ORF 2 as well as "Klassik Radio". The new album features solo works by F. Chopin as well as the rarely heard piano concerto by A. Dvorak with a piano part newly arranged by Florian Krumpöck.

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Recordings of the 32 Beethoven sonatas


As every year the continuation of the recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas took place directly after the “Kultur.Sommer.Semmering”. After this penultimate round only the big "Hammerklavier-Sonata" and the sonatas op. 90, op. 101, op. 109, op. 110 and op. 111 are missing. The recording of all completed Schubert sonatas will also be finished next year. seperator

Death of a Poodle


Also this year, the “Kultur.Sommer.Semmering“ could not miss the satirical ghost ride through the funny abysses and strange backgrounds of the classical music industry. The programme “Death of a Poodle” by Angelika Kirchschlager, Alfred Dorfer and Florian Krumpöck was, as every year, highly acclaimed. seperator

A pilgrimage to Beethoven - poets and other contemporaries


With ballads by Goethe, Schiller and Grillparzer Florian Krumpöck travelled together with Nicolas Ofzarek and Tamara Metelka in the 10th part of the “pilgrimage to Beethoven” into the humanistic world of Ludwig van Beethoven's contemporaries. The audience listened to some of the most famous poems such as Goethe’s “sorcerer’s apprentice”. As musical counterparts Krumpöck programmed the sonatas for piano no. 19 in G minor op. 49 /1, no. 20 in G major op. 49/2, no. 25 in G major op. 79

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A pilgrimage to Beethoven - money and patrons


Part 9 of the “Pilgrimage to Beethoven” was dedicated to the ambivalent relationships between L. v. Beethoven and his patrons. Fritz Karl accompanied Florian Krumpöck masterfully in the ninth edition of his “Pilgrimage to Beethoven” and read about the financial aberrations of the composer, who never allowed himself to be impressed by the arrogance of a certain class. Krumpöck played the Sonata No. 22 in F major op. 54 and the famous Sonata No. 21 in C major op. 53 "Waldstein". seperator

Opening Kultur.Sommer.Semmering


Besides the Salzburg Festival the Kultur.Sommer.Semmering was one of the few festivals that could take place in all its scope despite the Covid-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the 9-week series of events the visit of Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner set an important signal for the systemic relevance of art and culture. In keeping with the oppressive conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is forcing life to pause worldwide, the 6th part of the “Pilgrimage to Beethoven” with

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Offener Brief an die Bundesregierung zum Erhalt von Kunst und Kultur in Zeiten von Covid-19


Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler,
Sehr geehrter Herr Vizekanzler,
Sehr geehrte Frau Staatssekretärin,

als der Luftkrieg seinerzeit über Großbritannien tobte, wurde der damalige Premierminister Winston Churchill, selbst Maler und Literaturnobelpreisträger, dazu aufgefordert, die Kulturausgaben zugunsten des Verteidigungshaushaltes zu kürzen. Seine Antwort lautete „Und wofür kämpfen wir dann?“. Churchill bewies Weitblick und setzte die richtigen Signale, Kunst und Kultur

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