On 19 February 2020, passwort:klassik presented the second chamber music concert marking Ludwig van Beethoven's anniversary year. In the MuTh, the concert hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir, the young audience heard, among others, the Piano Trio Op. 1 No.1, excerpts from the Spring Sonata, the Cello Sonata No. 3 and a contemporary work for piano by the composer Thomas Wally. Seven young presenters skilfully guided the audience through the varied programme, and pictures of nature drawn by visitors provided a backdrop to a Beethoven, strolling though the countryside lost in thought. A sign language choir consisting of 20 young people touched the audience during the grand finale – the "Ode to Joy", sung and played in a joint choir by all participants.
Chamber music is not among the more accessible kinds of music for youngsters. I liked the way it was presented here – in small chunks, wrapped in stories and with a backdrop of (wonderful!) images of nature. So while the pupils may not always have attentively listened to the music, they will still have taken away a great deal and were familiarized with a kind of music they otherwise hardly ever get to hear.