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CULTURAL TOURS TO CENTRAL EUROPE AND BEYOND

 

THE SCHUBERTIADE - SCHWARZENBERG 25 August- 2 September 2018


The Schubertiade in the wooded and mountainous region in the far west of Austria after some 40 years remains the leading lieder and chamber music festival. The combination of world-class recitals and idyllic surroundings has proved addictive for many. This year we have again selected the absolutely unmissable recitals that are given in the small modern hall in the picturesque village of Schwarzenberg, a beautiful wooden structure with ideal acoustics. Artists include singers Soile Isokoski, Ian Bostridge, and the exciting young tenor Daniel Behle, pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja, András Schiff and Igor Levit; and the Artemis, Hagen and Pavel Haas Quartets.

We stay close by, in the village of Mellau in an award-winning 4* Superior boutique spa hotel, newly rebuilt in traditional and modern style with spacious light rooms, all with balcony and wooden floors. The spa centre has indoor and outdoor pools, steam baths, massage etc. The peaceful setting is ideal as a base for walking and it is just a few minutes walk to the cable car up the mountain. Dinner is at the hotel – well-known in the area for its high standard. We will have talks on the concert programmes.
Cost : £ 3640 includes return scheduled flights, transfers, 8 nights bed and buffet breakfast in twin-bedded room with private facilities at Mellau, good tickets for 11 concerts, transfers and excursions, 8 lunches and 8 dinners. Supplement for single use of double room £200 Deposit £400 pp. Superior rooms with bath etc £250pp supplement



Saturday 25 August  
BA flight departs Heathrow 12.15 arrives Zurich 15.25 Coach transfer to Hotel and supper
Sunday 26 August  
Walking tour of Mellau and surroundings.
Cable car to mountain walk.


16.00 Igor Levit (piano)
Schubert Hungarian Melody D817; Beethoven Diabelli Variations






20.00 Soile Isokoski (soprano) and
Ilkka Paananen (piano)
Mozart Lieder; Schumann "Frauenliebe und –leben"; Schubert Faust Lieder; Strauss Ophelia Lieder etc etc
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Monday 27 August  


Free morning

Schwarzenberg : Angelika Kauffman Museum and church with her earliest frescoes and late altarpiece.


16.00 Ian Bostridge (tenor) Julius Drake (piano)
Schubert Goethe & Schiller Lieder;
Wolf Mörike Lieder







20.00 Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
Schubert   in E D459/459a; in A minor D537; in G D894

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Tuesday 28 August


Steam railway and possible gentle alpine walk.


20.00  Artemis Quartet and
Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
Schumann String quartet in F op.41/2; in A op.41/3; Piano Quintet in E flat op.44
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Wednesday 29 August 

Coach to medieval free island city of Lindau, now in Bavaria. Boat across Lake Constance to Bregenz with the Kunsthaus, the 1997 masterpiece by architect Peter Zumthor and the Festival stage.



20.00 Hagen Quartet and Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)
Beethoven String Quartet in A op.18/5;
Webern Six bagatelles op.9;
Schubert String Quintet in C D956

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Thursday 30 August

Hohenems – where the Schubertiade started in 1976 - the Schubert Museum, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Museum and the Jewish Museum. An important Jewish community until 1938. Local boy Salomon Sulzer was called to Vienna as cantor and befriended Schubert.


20.00 Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo)
Daniel Behle (tenor)
Camerata Musica Limburg
with piano and 4 horns.


Schubert Im Gegenwärtigen Vergangenes, Sehnsucht (D 359 und 656), Mignon und der Harfner, Das stille Lied, Erinnerungen (D 98 und 424), Nähe des Geliebten, Andenken (D 423 und 99), Widerhall, Liebe, Das Dörfchen, Nachthelle, Frisch atmet des Morgens, Naturgenuss, Frühlingslied (D 919 und 914), Die Nachtigall, Die Nacht (D 983c), Nachtgesang im Walde, Der Schiffer (D 694), Der Gondelfahrer (D 809 und 808), Geist der Liebe (D 747); Leise, leise, laßt uns singen; Ständchen (D 920)
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Friday 31 August 


Free morning for walking.

16.00 Pavel Haas Quartet
Schubert String quartet in A minor D804 “Rosamunde”;
Dvorák String Quartet in A flat op.105








20.00 András Schiff (piano)
Mendelssohn Fantasie op.28;
Beethoven Sonata in F sharp minor op.78;
Brahms 8 Klavierstücke op.76; Schubert Sonata in A D959
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Saturday 1 September  

Free Day

20.00 Daniel Behle (tenor) and
Oliver Schnyder (piano)

Schubert “Winterreise”




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Sunday 2 September  

11.00 András Schiff (piano)

Bach Capriccio in B flat BMW992;
Brahms Three Intermezzi op.117;
Four piano pieces op. 119;
Beethoven Sonata in E flat op.81a “Les Adieux”;
Schubert Sonata in B flat D960




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Coach to Winterthur and the Oskar Reinhart gallery “Am Römerholz”.

BA flight departs Zurich 18.40 arrives Heathrow 19.30


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