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Ouverture spirituelle • Haydn: Die Schöpfung

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Marc Minkowski, Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Adrian Sâmpetrean, Salzburger Bachchor, Alois Glaßner, Members of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Les Musiciens du Louvre
Works by Joseph Haydn

Ouverture spirituelle • Palestrina: Missa, Motets, Ricercari


Performers: Diego Fasolis, Gianluca Capuano, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano
Works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Ouverture spirituelle • Bach: Mass in B minor


Performers: Václav Luks, Hana Blažíková, Sophie Harmsen, Alex Potter, Václav Čížek, Tomáš Král, Marián Krejčík, Collegium Vocale 1704, Collegium 1704
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach

Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism I: Kutiyattam


Performers: Margi Madhu Chakyar, Indu, Nepathya

Ouverture spirituelle • Invocation

Stiftung Mozarteum

Performers: Herbert Schuch
Works by Tristan Murail, Franz Liszt, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Ravel

Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism II: Dhrupad


Performers: Uday Bhawalkar, Pratap Awad, Prassanna Vishwanathan

Ouverture spirituelle • Mozart: Mass in C minor

Stiftskirche St. Peter

Performers: Matthew Halls, Julie Fuchs, Michaela Selinger, Julian Prégardien, Matthias Winckhler*, Michaela Aigner, Salzburger Bachchor, Alois Glaßner, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

*Member of the Young Singers Project
Works by Wolfgang A. Mozart

Ouverture spirituelle • Beethoven: Missa solemnis

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Laura Aikin, Elisabeth Kulman, Johannes Chum, Ruben Drole, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Erwin Ortner, Concentus Musicus Wien
Works by Ludwig v. Beethoven

Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism III: Khyal


Performers: Shruti Sadolikar, Vinod Lele, Sangeet Mishra, Shrinidhi Katkar

Ouverture spirituelle • Schubert: Mass in A flat

Stiftung Mozarteum

Performers: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Anna Lucia Richter, Katharina Magiera, Julian Prégardien, Alex Esposito, Salzburger Bachchor, Alois Glaßner, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Works by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Franz Schubert

Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism IV: Bharatanatyam


Opening – Nadaswaram Concert – by Injikudi Brothers
Injikudi E. M. SubramanianNadaswaram
Injikudi E. M. MariyappanNadaswaram
Pondicherry P. M. SaravananThavil
Gangaikondacholapuram G. M. SudharsanThavil

Bharatanatyam Solo Dance Performance
Alarmél Valli, Choreography and Dance
Nisha Rajagopalan, Vocals
Jayashree Ramanathan, Nattuvanar / Cymbals
Ramamoorthy Sriganesh, Mridangam (Percussion)
Hemalatha Rangarajan, Violin
Shruti Sagar, Flute
Krishnan Murugan, Lighting

Ouverture spirituelle • Bruckner: Mass in F minor

Grosses Festspielhaus

Performers: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Dorothea Röschmann, Karen Cargill, Christian Elsner, Franz-Josef Selig, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra, Vienna Philharmonic
Works by Bohuslav Martinů, Anton Bruckner

Ouverture spirituelle • Hinduism V: Morning Ragas


Performers: Shubhendra Rao, Vinod Lele

Shruti Sadolikar, Vocals
Vinod Lele, Tabla
Sangeet Mishra, Sarangi
Shrinidhi Katkar, Percussion

Ouverture spirituelle • Francisco Javier: La Ruta de Oriente


Performers: Jordi Savall, Sven Dolinski, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI
Guest musicians from India and Japan
Yukio Tanaka, Vocals & Biwa
Ichiro Seki, Shakuhachi
Masako Hirao, Bass viol
Hiroyuki Koinuma, Shinobue & Nokan
Prabhu Edouard, Tablas
Daud Khan Sadozai, Sarod
Dimitri Psonis, Rebab & Santur
Works by F. Xaver

Ouverture spirituelle • Lachrimae


Performers: Jonathan Cohen, Anna Prohaska, Arcangelo, Simon Jones, Pablo Hernan Benedi, Nicholas Milne, Thomas Dunford, Angélique Mauillon
Works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Tarquinio Merula, Francesco Cavalli, Giorgio Felice Sances, Barbara Strozzi, Salamone Rossi, Domenico Scarlatti


Divine Music in the Concert Series Ouverture spirituelle

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( 15 Jul 2015 ) Sacred works by Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner will be heard this summer as part of the concert series Ouverture spirituelle. The first performance on July 18 features Joseph Haydn’s Die Schöpfung – already an enormous triumph at its premiere in 1799.

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Contemplative Sounds at the “Ouverture spirituelle”

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( 17 Dec 2014 ) During the hectic days preceding Christmas, the contemplative and devout sounds of Christmas music offer us a space for inner peace and harmony. Sacred and atmospheric sounds also await our visitors at the Ouverture spirituelle, part of the 2015 Salzburg Festival. 

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Motive Ouverture spirituelle, © Salzburger Festspiele / Luigi Caputo

Nada Brahma: The world is sound. What mankind has produced is collected and condensed into ‘what is remembered’ (smrti); divine revelation, however, is absorbed through the ear and becomes ‘what is heard’ (śruti). This also includes the content of the sacred Vedic writings (Veda: Sanskrit for ‘knowledge’), the oldest testimonials of Indian literature, a tradition which, for many centuries, was kept alive only orally, and which goes back to the time around 1750 BC. They form the root of Hinduism, which has, however, become far more differentiated since then, forming the third-largest world religion with around 900 million followers. The question whether Hinduism is a polytheist or a monotheist religion cannot be answered unambiguously. Certainly, music played an important role even in the very beginnings of this religion whose teachings are the whisperings of the divine, so to speak. The Sāmaveda contains the ‘heard’ knowledge of the melodies through which priests make the holy texts resound. Furthermore, in cultic dance with its complex, precisely defined positions of hands, fingers and feet as well as postures, performers are transformed into visible manifestations of the divinity, visualising Shiva’s dance, for example, containing the powers of creation and destruction in equal measure. The music, songs, dance and even theatre of Hinduism can be experienced as part of the 2015 Ouverture spirituelle: it features, for example, the rare theatrical form of Kutiyattam; dhrupad chants of august strictness, unlike the more flexible khyal style; an early morning concert of ragas – the scales or rather ‘sound personalities’ on which Indian music is based – associated with this time of the day; and highly expressive temple dances.

Just as the music of Hinduism is grounded in the Vedas, many of the Christian mass settings united in this year’s Ouverture spirituelle – settings which remained more or less beholden to polyphony through the centuries – have historical relations all the way back to the beginnings of Christian cultic chants: for example the Missa solemnis, in which Beethoven united all the styles from Gregorian chant to his own contemporary form of multi-voiced praise of God. Then there is Bach’s multi-faceted Mass in B minor, presumably conceived by its composer as no more than a selection of individual movements to be used in various sacred settings. Mozart’s ambitious fragment in C minor, oriented towards the baroque, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat major, gazing into romantic depths, and Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, referencing Beethoven’s monumental model – these are not only outstanding works in the genre, but they also illustrate an enormous development. Palestrina’s grandiose vocal polyphony and Bach’s Musical Offering – worldly, yet with a transcendent aura – round out the programme, which presents a finale of sorts, a retrospective of the world religions introduced in sound over the past years: after all, Haydn’s Creation, which has already become the beloved opening for every Ouverture spirituelle, instructs us to ‘Awake the harp, the lyre awake!’

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag