Vienna Schubert Festival - Schubertiade Schwarzenberg

By John Reality, Cambodia, June 2011

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Intimacy meets integrity at Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the most
important and engaging Schubert festival in the world today. Dedicated to the music of Franz Schubert, the Viennese composer whose only conceivable rivals in the annals of Romantic era music are Mozart and Beethoven, this seasonal program of Strauss, Brahms, Mahler (and Schubert, naturally) and others is a must for classical music enthusiasts.The phenomenon of the “Schubertiade”, or informal gatherings, usually in private homes, of Schubert aficionados dates to the composer’s lifetime, and the festival in Schwarzenberg has managed to retain the intimate feel of such a gathering, while opening up the guest list to include anyone interested in the composer’s work and/or the culture that continues to arise around it.

The program in May (May 6-8, 12-15, and 19-22) includes violists
Wiener Klaviertrio and Veronika Hagen and Roberto Di Ronza on bass playing selections from Mozart and Schubert, as well as Modigliani Quartet with clarinetist Sabine Meyer playing Schubert, Debussy and Mozart and the Jerusalem Quartet with Jonathan Gilad performing selections from Brahms.

The program for June and July (June 18-July 3) includes baritone
Christopher Maltman performing Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt, pianist Till Fellner performing Hayden, the Pacifica Quartet performing Beethoven and Bartholdy, and the Kuss Quartet performing Tchaikovsky.

The performances listed above are just the tip of the figurative
iceberg of what’s available this spring and summer in Schwarzenberg. There are ample (if not exactly affordable) accommodations in the village and surrounding area, but they fill up quickly, so book in advance. Tickets for a single performance range from as little as twenty dollars to as much as one hundred and fifty.

Further performances will be held in 27. August to 11. September 2011, and 2. to 9. October 2011.

Photo courtesy of Schubertiade Schwarzenberg

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