About the Event
Experience a mesmerizing event in the city of Vienna at the breathtaking crypt of the Peterskirche. Antonio Vivaldi, one of the most renowned Baroque composers, presents his four revolutionary violin concertos that vividly depict the sounds and noises of spring, summer, fall, and winter, all within a 70‐minute performance. The mystical ambiance of the acoustically unmatched crypt of St. Peter's Church in Vienna enhances the originality and authenticity of Vivaldi's work. With the ensemble Nikolić & Nikolić, consisting of two violins, a viola, and a cello, the highest quality of performance is guaranteed, coupled with an unwavering passion for music. This extraordinary concert promises to be an unforgettable experience for both connoisseurs and newcomers alike. KLASSIK in the KRYPTA offers a unique cultural event, wherein the close proximity to the esteemed artists fosters an enchanting exchange of energy, captivating the audience and creating an unparalleled artistic encounter.
Die Krypta ist zu jeder Jahreszeit angenehm temperiert.
- Antonio Vivaldi – Die vier Jahreszeiten
|Ensemble Nikolic & Nikolic
The Peterskirche (St Peter’s Church) is the second-oldest church in Vienna, founded around 800AD, if legend is to be believed. The present church was built in 1732 in the Baroque style, with Vienna's first baroque dome. Inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the interior is adorned with frescoes, sculptures, golden altarpieces and carved wood. Peterskirche is one of Vienna's busiest classical music venues, featuring a diverse program that includes daily organ concerts, operas, choral concerts and performances by prominent local and international artists. In addition to performances in the elegant main sanctuary, the Peterskirche also hosts concerts in the fascinating and intimate crypt below ground level.
Antonio Vivaldi went down in history as a creator of the instrumental concert genre and the father of orchestral music. He was born in Venice on the 4th of March 1678. Vivaldi was a weak and sickly child suffering from asthma, however could not stop him from devoting himself completely to music. His father, Giovanni Batista a professional violinist, taught his elder son Antonio to play the violin. With his father young Antonio met the best musicians of Venice of that time and gave concerts in local churches. He also worked as a violin teacher and later as a music director at the orphanage Ospedalle della Pieta. Meanwhile he composed concertos, sacred works and vocal music and in 1713 he achieved great recognition with his sacred choral music. Vivaldi got captivated by the world of opera and worked both as opera composer and impresario at the Teatro San Angelo. In 1717 he obtained a prestigious position by the prince court in Manua as a director of secular music and worked there until around 1720. During that time he composed his world-renowned masterpiece The Four Seasons. In the 1730's his career dwindled as his music became unfashionable and the great composer died in poverty. It took the world two centuries to rediscover and reevaluate Vivaldi’s music, as it was buried into oblivion after his death. In the early 20th century many previously unknown works were found and immediately captured the hearts of the music lovers.