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Karl Markovics / Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln

Karl Kraus »Problemlesung«

Sunday 28 April 2024



Karl Markovics, Lesung, Gesang

Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln


Zum 150sten Geburtstag: Texte von Karl Kraus, Musik von Jacques Offenbach und anderen. Es spielen die Neuen Wiener Concert Schrammeln, es liest und singt Karl Markovics.

Karl Kraus

Annonce (Die Fackel Nr. 339, 1911)

Josef Mikulas

Lasst uns beginnen

Karl Kraus

Die Lage der Deutschen in Österreich (Die Fackel Nr. 331/332, 1920)

Stilblüten sammeln (Die Fackel Nr. 347/348, 1912)

Der Rückwärtige (Die Fackel Nr. 315, 1911)

Ich glaube an den Druckfehlerteufel (Die Fackel Nr. 347/348, 1912)

Helmut Stippich

Strauss Tanz in S

Karl Kraus

Der Punkt (Die Fackel Nr. 296/297, 1910)

Fußgänger (Die Fackel)

Peter Havlicek

Nur Du – allein!

Karl Kraus

Lob der verkehrten Lebensweise (Die Fackel Nr. 257/258, 1908)

Peter Havlicek


Karl Kraus

Der Biberpelz (Die Fackel Nr. 305, 1910)

Jacques Offenbach

Als ich noch Prinz war in Arkadien (Orpheus in der Unterwelt) (Bearbeitung: Helmut Thomas Stippich) (Zusatzstrophen aus Karl Kraus' Gedichten »Die Sachverständigen« (Die Fackel Nr. 834–837, 1930) und »An den Bürger« (Die Fackel Nr. 622–632, 1923)


Johann Strauß (Sohn)

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald. Walzer op. 325 (Bearbeitung: Josef Mikulas) (1868)

Karl Kraus

Die letzten Tage der Menschheit (V. Akt, 54. Szene)

Arnold Schönberg

Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op. 19 (Bearbeitung: Neue Wiener Concertschrammeln) (1911)

Karl Kraus

Mir san ja eh die reinen Lamperln (Die Fackel Nr. 499–500, 1918)

Helmut Stippich

Endlich håm

Karl Kraus

Aus: Die dritte Walpurgisnacht (1933)

Karl Kraus

Man frage nicht (Die Fackel Nr. 888, 1933)

Jacques Offenbach

Lied des Kapitän de Feuillemorte (Die Kreolin) (Bearbeitung: Neue Wiener Concertschrammeln)



Jacques Offenbach

Legende vom Kleinzack (Les contes d'Hoffmann) (Bearbeitung: Helmut Thomas Stippich) (1881)


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Pointed pen: Karl Kraus on his 150th birthday

Precision in analysis and language was important to Karl Kraus - hardly anyone wielded such a sharp pen as the »fine-nerved, fine-limbed man with the sharp glasses and the beautiful vein of a racehorse above his right temple« (Friedrich Hollaender). And to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, Karl Markovics and the Neue Wiener Concertschrammeln performed a reading of various texts by the workaholic writer. Kraus' working hours lasted well into the night, during which he devoted himself not only to literary writing itself, but also to topical issues of social life, politics and art; his feuds with other greats of intellectual life were passionate and became legendary.

His contributions continue to prove that literature can be an »elementary experience« and possess timeless relevance. Thanks to his rhetorical brilliance, his readings had an impact that should not be underestimated. From 1914 to 1936, Kraus also performed around 170 times at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Here, the gifted reciter performed his own works - including current articles from the »Fackel« - as well as texts by Grimmelshausen, Jean Paul, Hölderlin, Goethe and Nestroy. Kraus did not have far to travel to his most important venue, as he himself lived in Lothringerstrasse.

Karl Markovics reads from the drama »Die letzten Tage der Menschheit« as well as from other selected poems, contributions and essays published in the »Fackel« in the same place where Kraus also read and where an enthusiastic audience hung on his every word. The music of one of the »greatest satirists of all times and cultures« (according to Karl Kraus) will also be played: Excerpts from operettas by Jacques Offenbach round off the celebration in words and sound.

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