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Four World Premieres at the 2016 Salzburg Festival

published in: Opera, Concert, General

( 22 Feb 2016 ) The Salzburg Festival has always been a major initiator of new works. During the upcoming Festival summer, you may look forward to four world premieres: works by Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Friedrich Cerha and Mark Simpson will be performed for the very first time.

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Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in Conversation with Sir András Schiff

published in: Concert

( 19 Feb 2016 ) Sir András Schiff will perform three concerts during the 2016 Festival summer. On August 1, 2016 he plays works by Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms with the Jerusalem Quartet. On August 3, he dedicates himself to works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, together with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. And during the finale of the Salzburg Festival on August 31, 2016 he shares the stage at the Großes Festspielhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler met András Schiff for the following conversation.

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Salzburg and Sokolov • New Album: Schubert/Beethoven

published in: Concert, General

( 14 Jan 2016 ) For more than 20 years, Grigory Sokolov refused to make any CD recordings whatsoever. For his first release (2014) after this long period, the Russian pianist chose a concert he gave at the Salzburg Festival in 2008: his album The Salzburg Recital featuring works by Mozart and Chopin was celebrated by critics worldwide and won a coveted ECHO Classic Award. Only one year later, his new album follows: Sokolov: Schubert/Beethoven, released on January 15, 2016 by Deutsche Grammphon as part of the series Salzburg Festival Documents. 

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada replaces Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

published in: Concert

( 13 Jan 2016 ) When Beethoven’s Missa solemnis was performed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with his Concentus Musicus Wien last summer, there was no way of knowing that this would bring the Salzburg Festival full circle, completing a cycle begun in 1992 with a performance of the very same work: at the time, it was Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s debut at the Salzburg Festival, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Then as today, the performance was uncompromising, rousing, overwhelming. 

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Guest Orchestras • Tobias Haupt • Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

published in: Concert

( 4 Jan 2016 ) Between July 22 and August 31, 2016, 81 concerts will be performed over the course of 41 days. Here we interview musicians from all over the world about the sound of their orchestra, about Salzburg, the Festival and life as an orchestra musician. The series begins with the last concert of the 2016 Salzburg Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig will perform under its Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt at the Großes Festspielhaus on August 31, 2016 as part of the series Guest Orchestras. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major Op. 73 – with pianist András Schiff as soloist – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92.

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Concerts 2016

published in: Concert

( 5 Nov 2015 ) Four world religions – Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism – were illuminated musically by the Ouverture spirituelle during the past four years. This year, our attention turns to sacred music of the churches of Eastern Christianity, which have developed a rich diversity of forms. The conviction that no instrument is better able than the human voice to adequately express the effect of the Holy Spirit manifests itself in sumptuous choral works, which are still performed from Africa to Asia.

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The 2015 Salzburg Festival in Figures

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

( 30 Aug 2015 ) In order to present 188 performances, this summer the artists rehearsed for 220 days: 735 hours in the drama department, 1,320 hours for the opera productions and 551 hours in the concert department. The costume workshops produced 1,550 costumes. 7,000 invoices were processed by the administration; 1,500 light bulbs illuminated the stages and backstage areas. 48,000 kilograms of steel were used.

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Salzburg Festival 2015 • Concert, Drama, Opera

published in: Opera, Drama, Concert

( 30 Aug 2015 ) Once again, the 2015 Salzburg Festival began with the Ouverture spirituelle, a week before the Opening Ceremony which is dedicated to sacred music. This year, the focus was on Hinduism, and theatre, music and dance forms from the various regions of India were shown at the Kollegienkirche.

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Guest Orchestras • Blaise Déjardin • Boston Symphony Orchestra

published in: Concert

( 20 Aug 2015 Could you describe your orchestra’s sound quality? What makes your orchestra’s sound special?
I think of it as very comfortable plush red velvet chair. It is round, warm, and I love being a part of that sound.

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TerraceTalk with Daniel Barenboim, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Florian Wiegand, Wolfgang Schaufler

published in: Concert

( 12 Aug 2015 ) To Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez is not only “the most important and most interesting personality in contemporary music,” but also a friend who has accompanied the maestro’s career. At the Salzburg Festival, he and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will perform not only Wagner, Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, but also two Boulez works in the series Salzburg contemporary: sur Incises and Dérive 2. As the maestro points out at the Terrace Talk on Tuesday night, Boulez completely changed the musical world in many aspects.

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