Anthony Burton introduces the European Broadcasting Union's celebration of the 1890s, in which broadcasters from nine countries step back in time to perform the music of a century ago.
The celebration begins in Austria.
Johannes Brahms died in Vienna on 3 April 1897, and to commemorate the centenary of his death, the Vienna Brahms Soloists perform his String Quintet No 2 in G, Op 111.
Like Brahms, Hugo Wolf settled in Vienna.
The lieder contained in the second volume of his Italian Songbook were composed in 1896.
The young Austrian soprano Cornelia Hosp sings a selection, accompanied on piano by David Coleman.