Summer festivals Part VIII - No Kangaroos in Austria…
BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival
is an icon amongst the summer festivals.
The Camerata Salzburg
is on their home turf and of course plays
a vital role in the festival every year.
There is a long list of wonderful soloists
and conductors they are collaborating with this year:
François Leleux, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili,
They also get to experience the
newest discoveries on the rostrum -
Giedrė Šlekytė, Lorenzo Viotti and Jiri Rozen
are amongst finalists of the
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.
The Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy at the Salzburg Festival
supports the education of young orchestral
players and has already produced many professional musicians.
25 different chamber music projects in many different formations,
from classical to contemporary,
will be rehearsed with members of the
Excerpts will then be presented in a grand final marathon.
is coming to aid as a very much needed pianist and
is performing Poulenc and Suk with them.
Maria is also performing together with
the Ensemble Wien-Salzburg
at a boutique Festival outside of Salzburg.
On August 14th you can hear them at the
Kleine Festispiele auf der Burg Golling
- I understand food is playing a big part at that festival too…
A very special Chamber music concert is happening on August 21st,
is teaming up with
Michael Barenboim and Jean-Guihen Queyras
as a piano trio.
They have chosen a wonderful programme for their performance
at the Mozarteum - Debussy, Ravel, Schönberg, Widmann, Boulez,
Webern and Berg.
We love that our members are soloists
in their own right as well as ensemble members:
is performing with the Klangforum Wien.
, Dorran Alibaud
and Giuseppe Mengoli
are in Salzburg as members of the
Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
and Tamás Varga
spend a majority of their summer in Salzburg,
performing with their their colleagues of
the Wiener Philharmoniker.
We can look at the
only in hindsight, but the contribution of several
HELLO STAGErs should not go unnamed:
Clarinetist Retro Beri
opened the festival in St. Florian together
with the Bruckner Orchester Linz
mid June and the
with a Sibelius celebration followed the
next day at the same venue.
The festival uses other wonderful
cloisters in Upper Austria as well,
one of them is Kremsmünster
where Stefan Vladar
teamed up for an all Rachmaninoff programme on two pianos.
(I was extremely lucky to listen in to some of the rehearsals,
as they came to HELLO STAGE office in Vienna for that….)
Both have a busy festival summer, Stefan has been conducting
the Wiener Kammerorchester
in Potsdam, the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau
played chamber music in Kattowitz / Poland,
the Neuberg Festival
and the Delft Music Festival
in the Netherlands. Magda and her duo partner
have been to the Mozartfest Würzburg
the Burg Freistritz and to the recording studio for their
2nd CD together.
Most people keep track of what is happening at
the amazing outdoor venue of the
- the Wolkenturm -
and are surprised by what is happening at the other
outdoor space right in the courtyard of the castle.
Most Saturdays see a wonderful chamber music programme
as prelude to the main concert.
On Aug 22nd the
is performing a the Burghof, presenting a
Mendelssohn / Schumann programme.
A week later on you can find the
at the same spot together with Soprano
in an unusual Haydn / Schönberg combination.
The Romanian Quartet
will, by then,
look back to a very busy summer with concerts in Norfork,
Rheinhessen and their home country.
And there is no rest for the wicked -
after stopping in Austria they are again off to Bulgaria.
From Austria to Australia (please excuse the really cheap joke…):
is the 25th Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
It is held over 9 days celebrating
Chamber Music in over 25 concerts all over Townsville.
Amongst the 30 artists gathering are
who returned home down under for the summer
from her adopted home at the Oldenburg Operahouse
in the North of Germany.
All artists take part in several concerts teaming up with
others every time -
it must be a great #classicalbuzz all around.
One of the reviews in Limelight Magazine reads:
„American flautist Lorna McGhee gave the flute
obligate a sparkling lightness that struck an ideal balance
with the lively and expressive soprano of Valda Wilson.
Finding an excellent equilibrium between meaning and melody,
Wilson’s dramatic gifts allowed
some compelling storytelling while maintaining
laser beam precision and superb intonation in Bach’s
more knotty melismas.“
P.S. - you don’t have to travel all the way to Australia
to hear Valda, she is going to appear at the
(in Austria …)
at the end of August / beginning of September.
Other HELLO STAGErs at the festival are cellist
, Stefan Vladar
as well as
and Karen Gomyo
Bettina Mehne manages
the relationships with Artists, Ensembles,
their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE.
She toured Orchestras around the world,
worked for London and Germany based Managements,
took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
as their Artistic Manager and headed
the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons.
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