Don Quixote

Photo Don Quijote

Guitar solo, since 2016

This solo program awarded the prize Premio Teatro della Concordia 2016 was designed by Johanna Beisteiner in honor of the eminent Viennese composer Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917), who wrote a classical ballet on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. This ballet is among the most popular works of its kind and famous for its spirited Spanish dances as well as lyrical melodies. In her recent own composition, a fantasy on themes from that ballet, Johanna Beisteiner creates an exceptional connection between Austrian and Spanish music for the classical guitar repertoire. Moreover, the seasons 2016/17 are commemorative years related to the topic Don Quixote: In 2016, we celebrate four hundredth anniversary of the death of Cervantes as well as the one hundred ninetieth birthday of Minkus, in 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Minkus. The other parts of the recital consist of rarely performed Austrian, Spanish and South American music.

Programme:

  • Johanna Beisteiner (*1976): Don Quixote Fantasy on themes from a ballet by Minkus Audio MP3
  • Anton Diabelli (1781-1858): Sonata in C-Dur, op.29/1
  • Agustín Barrios (1856-1944): Waltzes, op. 8
  • Miguel Llobet (1878-1938): Catalan folk songs Audio MP3
  • Miguel Llobet (1878-1938): Variations on a theme by Sor, op. 15

Facetas de Tango

Foto Facetas de Tango

Music, dance and literature. With Jorge Talquenca and Mathias Kahler-Polagnoli, since 2016

Facetas de Tango (Facets of Tango) is a disversified event program, in which the boundaries between music, drama and dance are resolved. Together with her Argentine dance partner Jorge Talquenca and the actor Mathias Kahler-Polagnoli, Johanna Beisteiner excitingly leads through the history of tango. To music by Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Arolas as well as texts by Jorge Luis Borges the performers tell of the merger of European and South American culture and surprise the audience with their multiple roles.

Concerto italiano

Guitar solo and with orchestra (or piano), since 2015

In Concerto Italiano Johanna Beisteiner plays virtuoso Italian works of the early 19th century, which are of particular importance for the development of the guitar as a solo instrument. At that time the technique of playing has been renewed by guitarist from southern Europe. Niccolò Paganini, most known as a violin virtuoso and composer, was also an outstanding guitarist and left a number of works for this instrument. His Grand Sonata in A Major was originally written for guitar accompanied by a violin. Since the violin part but kept quite modest, this Sonata is usually performed in a version for solo guitar. Mauro Giuliani came from southern Italy and lived in Austria from 1806. He was one of the most important guitarists of his time and created numerous demanding compositions for guitar. His sweeping Concerto No. 1 in A Major was probably the first work for guitar and orchestra at all. It was enthusiastically received at its premiere in Vienna in 1808. The Concerto Italiano takes about 45 minutes and can therefore be performed as a matinee or part of an evening programme.

Programme:

  • Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840): Grand Sonata in A Major, op. 39
  • Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Concerto for guitar and orchestra no.1 in A Major, op. 30 Video/TV report

Farkas discovers America

Photo Farkas discovers America

Literature with guitar accompaniment. Recitation: Heidrun Samstag, since 2013

This literary-music event is based on the book of poems Farkas discovers America, in which the Viennese actor and cabaret artist Karl Farkas describes with black humor his escape from the Nazi regime over Marseille, Barcelona and Lisbon to New York and his life there from 1938 to 1946. Until then having been a star in numerous German-speaking stages, he was unknown in the USA. For this reason he had great problems to build up a new life there. He also suffered from the separation from his family whom he had to leave in Austria.

In New York Farkas played for other exiles and worked as a script-writer as well as librettist, among other things he wrote together with Emmerich Kálmán and George Marion the operetta Marinka. In 1942 he published Farkas discovers America. He could return to Vienna and continue his former successes only in 1946.

Johanna Beisteiner came across one of the few still existing copies of that book and decided to plan a literary-music programme with the Viennese actress Heidrun Samstag. She accompanies the poems with flamenco music, tango, jazz, pieces by Schubert and own compositions. The two performers want to call the audience's attention to an unknown, but excellent work of an important Viennese personality.

Night in Granada

Guitar solo, 2013-2015

The recital captivates with its contrast between virtuoso tension and emotional impressions. Besides well known Spanish, Italian and Austrian music of the 19th century, Johanna Beisteiner presents two particularities: At the very beginning she plays Night in Granada by russian composer Eduard Shafransky, a work which was inspired by flamenco. Moreover, Johanna Beisteiner interprets her first own composition on themes by Alexander Zemlinsky.

Programme:

  • Eduard Shafransky (1937-2005): Night in Granada
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828)/arr. Mertz: Serenade Video, Fishermaiden Video, Message of love Video, Praise of tears Video, Post Video
  • Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840): Grand Sonata A major, op. 39
  • Johanna Beisteiner (*1976): Zemlinsky's night Video
  • Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909): Recuerdos de la Alhambra Video, Capricho árabe
  • Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909): Granada Video, Asturias Video, Sevilla op. 47

Arias and dances

Guitar solo, 2010-2012

Solo works inspired by vocal music and dance rhythms from various eras are united here in an exquisite compilation. Furthermore, Johanna Beisteiner performs some compositions specially created for her by Robert Gulya

Programme:

  • Fernando Sor (1778-1839): Variations on a theme by Mozart, op. 9 Video
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Suite populaire brésilienne, W020
  • Robert Gulya (*1973): Fairy dance, Waltz
  • Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909): Maria (Gavotta), Marieta (Mazurka), La Traviata (nach G. Verdi) Video
  • Johann S. Bach (1685-1750): Chaconne D minor, BWV 1004 Video
  • Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Rossiniana No. 1, op. 119 (after G. Rossini) Video

Guitar and orchestra

Photo Guitar and Orchestra

Johanna Beisteiner's repertoire includes among others following works for guitar and orchestra (listed alphabetically by composer's name):

  • Johann S. Bach (1685-1750)/arr. Robert Gulya: Capriccio BWV 992 for guitar and string orchestra
  • Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Concert for guitar No. 1 A major, op. 30 Video/TV report
  • Robert Gulya (*1973):
    • Concert for guitar and orchestra Video
    • Nutcracker variations for guitar and string orchestra
    • The Milonguero and the muse (Tango for flute, guitar and string orchestra) Video
  • Reuben Pace (*1974):
    • Concertino for guitar, harpsichord and orchestra.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999): Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concert D major for guitar, strings and Basso continuo, RV 93 Video

Chamber Music

Here you will find a selection of chamber music works and songs from Johanna Beisteiner's repertoire (listed alphabetically by composer's name):

  • Johann S. Bach (1685-1750): Sonata E minor for flute and Basso Continuo, BWV 1034
  • Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Fandango-Quintett D major for guitar and string quartett, G. 448
  • Anton Diabelli (1781-1858): Gran Sonata brillante for guitar and piano, op. 102 Video
  • Mauro Giuliani: Gran Duetto concertante for flute/violin and guitar, op. 52
  • Robert Gulya (*1973): Capriccio for guitar and piano Video
  • Federico García Lorca (1898-1936): Canciones españolas antiguas for voice and guitar
  • Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840): Sonata concertata for guitar and violin, op.61
  • Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Histoire du tango for flute/violin and guitar
  • Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Divertimento for guitar and piano, op. 38