Salzburg
Mozart Week
From 29 January to 4 February 2024
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    Salzburg is the ultimate romantic destination. This splendid city, coiled in an exceptional Alpin environment, is full of treasures and sites to visit. Despite the Hohensalzburg fortress which overlooks the city, the Getreidegasse shines thanks to its forged iron signs and its picturesque lanes which house courtyard and hidden passages. Of course, the native of the region, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is omnipresent : from his childhood home to the Résidence where he gave his firsts recitals, to the Saint-Peter Abbey where he used to play the organ, the Austrian composer is celebrated at a fair value in the whole town.

     

    Come and fill up on beauty and music during Mozart Week. For some years now, this prestigious event has been directed by the singer Rollando Villazon. After several years devoted to the divine Wolfgang, Mozartwoche devotes part of its program to Mozart’s sworn ‘enemy’: Antonio Salieri. But don’t believe what Forman’s film Amadeus says, the two men were by no means crossed, and Salieri’s music contains gems that should be rediscovered as a matter of urgency. In addition to a Clémence de Titus directed by Villazon himself, the week will feature prestigious musicians such as Jordi Savall, the Vienna Philharmonic, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Olga Peretyatko and Giovanni Antonioni, all of whom are passionate about the music of Mozart and his century.

    Mozart in the spotlight... but also his sworn 'enemy': Salieri!
    The program
    Baborák Ensemble
    January 29th, 2024
    Danish Chamber Orchestra
    January 30th, 2024
    Wienier Philharmoniker
    January 31st, 2024
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    February 1st, 2024
    La Clémence de Titus
    February 2nd, 2024
    Kammerorchester Basel
    February 3rd, 2024
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    February 3rd, 2024
    Monday 29th January- Salzburg

    7:30pm, at the Mozarteum :

     

    BABORÁK ENSEMBLE

     

    Radek Baborák : French horn

    Milan Al-Ashhab : Violin

    Martina Bačová : Violin

    Karel Untermüller : Alto

    Hana Baboráková : Violoncello

    David Pavelka : Double bass

     

    – W.A. Mozart: Horn concerto in E flat major, K. 495

    – A. Reicha: Quintet for horn and string quartet (with double bass ad lib.) in E major, op. 106

    – M. Haydn: Larghetto and Allegro

    – W.A. Mozart: Rondo for horn, 2 violins, viola and cello in D major K. 514 (fragment, completed by F.X. Süssmayr), Horn quintet in E flat major

     

    Come and discover the French horn with its finest ambassador. The Czech Radek Baborák is one of its finest virtuosos, exalting the distinctive colours and unique repertoire of this brass instrument. If German Romanticism magnifies the autumnal and rural hues, Classicism already sublimates its incredible possibilities. Salzburg is, of course, synonymous of Mozart, with several indisputable masterpieces for the horn (the concerto, the rondo and the quintet), but the formidable musicians of the Baborak Ensemble will also be taking some interesting side roads with the music of Reicha, a Czech composer who travelled all over Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century, as well as that of Michael Haydn. Haydn was admired by Mozart, and his older brother Joseph was jealous of his musical talent!

    Tuesday 30th January - Salzburg

    7:30pm, at the Mozarteum :

     

    DANISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – W.A. Mozart / A. Salieri

     

    National chamber orchestra of Denmark

    Ádám Fischer : Conductor

    Olga Peretyako : Soprano

     

    – W.A. Mozart: Overture to Lucio Silla K. 135, Donna Anna’s aria “Crudele? Ah no, mio bene” from Don Giovanni K. 527

    – A. Salieri: La Veneziana Symphony

    – W.A. Mozart: Scena “Ch’io mi scordi di te” K. 505, aria from ElectraO smania! O furie! … D’Oreste, d’Ajace” from Idomeneo K. 366, Linz Symphony K. 425

     

    Olga Peretyatko can do it all. Equally at home in the Belcan repertoire (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti) and the Slavic repertoire, the Russian soprano enchants with her stage charm and a voice as colourful as a bouquet of roses. But if there is one composer who brings out the very best in her singing, it is Mozart, whose operas she performs in the world’s finest concert halls.

    At the Salzburg Mozart Week, she will play Anna in Don Giovanni and Electra in Idomeneo, as well as the sublime concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te K. 505. Conducted by Ádám Fischer, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra concludes the programme with the beautiful Linz Symphony (1783), which ushers in a new musical period for Mozart.

    Wednesday 31st January - Salzburg

    7:30pm, at the Grosses Festspielhaus :

     

    WIENER PHILARMONIKER – W.A. Mozart / L. van Beethoven

     

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Lahav Shani : Conductor

    Anne-Sophie Mutter : Violin

    Michael Barenboim : Viola

     

    – W.A. Mozart: Symphonie concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat major K. 364

    – L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

     

    Hearing the Vienna Philharmonic is always a pleasure. Years, even decades, go by, and the quality of the prestigious Austrian orchestra remains at its best. The velvet of its strings, the quality of its ensemble and the virtuosity of its soloists remain undisputed benchmarks the world over. Currently director of the Rotterdam and Munich orchestras, Lahav Shani is regarded as one of the finest conductors of the younger generation. It is not impossible that the Israeli musician will soon take the helm of the Vienna Philharmonic, and this evening’s concert will be no more than a trial run for the future. In addition to Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony No. 5, the programme will feature Mozart’s enchanting Symphonie concertante. Anne-Sophie Mutter and Michael Barenboim are exceptional soloists in this work, in which the violin and viola weave the most undulating of dialogues.

    Thursday 1st February - Salzburg

    7:30pm, at the Mozarteum :

     

    CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE – W.A. Mozart / A. Salieri / L. van Beethoven

     

    Chamber orchestra of Europe

    Kirill Gerstein : Conductor and piano

     

    – W.A. Mozart: Overture to Cosi fan tutte K. 588

    – A. Salieri: Piano concerto in B flat major

    – W.A. Mozart: Piano concerto in D minor

    – A. Salieri: 26 Variations on “La folia di Spagna” for orchestra

    – L. van Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan op. 62, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

     

    Playwrights and film-makers are not always to be believed. Forman’s film Amadeus is a masterpiece, but it conveys a false image of Antonio Salieri, Mozart’s contemporary composer. Far from being jealous of the divine Wolfgang, the Italian musician was an artist celebrated throughout Europe, and it is also said that he generously and unselfishly helped his Salzburg junior on several occasions. This concert by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is therefore a double event: firstly, the rediscovery of little-known pieces by Salieri, and secondly, confirmation of the talent of the brilliant Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein, who plays no fewer than three concertos here (Salieri, Mozart, Beethoven)!

    Friday 2nd February - Salzbourg

    7:30, at the Felsenreitschule :

     

    LA CLEMENCE DE TITUS – W.A. Mozart

     

    Rolando Villazón & Bettina Geyer Semi-scenic set

    Le Concert des Nation

    Jordi Savall : Conductor

    Edgdardo Rocha : Tito

    Hanna-Elisabeth Müller : Vitellia

    Magdalena Kožená : Sesto

    Christina Gansch : Servilia

    Marianne Beate Kielland : Annio

    Salvo Vitale : Publio

    Vienna Philharmonic choir

    Walter Zeh : Choirmaster

     

    For a long time, La Clémence de Titus suffered from an unjustified reputation. And it is only in recent years that the greatness of Mozart’s last opera has been fully appreciated. Premiered in Prague in 1791 to mark the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia, the work came after the Da Ponte trilogy (The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte) and then The Magic Flute, and marked a return to an older form dating from the mid-eighteenth century: the opera seria. Made up of majestic arias and recitatives, La Clémence de Titus is a sublime reflection on love and friendship. The current director of the Mozart Week, Rolando Villazón, accompanied by Bettina Geyer, offers a staged version. Among the excellent cast of singers, Magdalena Kožená‘s Sesto is a special treat. In the pit, conductor Jordi Savall never ceases to amaze. At the head of his ensemble Le Concert des Nations, the brilliant gambist from the film Tous les matins du monde is continuing his exploration of the repertoire well beyond his original Baroque roots: after setting Beethoven’s symphonies alight, the immense Catalan musician is now conducting Mozart’s operas.

    Saturday 3rd February - Salzburg

    11am, at the Mozarteum :

     

    KAMMERORCHESTER BASEL – W.A. Mozart / A. Salieri

     

    Kammerorchester Basel

    Giovanni Antonini ; Conductor

    Sabine Meyer : Clarinet

     

    – A. Salieri: Overture to La Grotta di Trofonio

    – W.A. Mozart: Concerto for clarinet in A major K. 622

    – A. Salieri: Overture to Cesare in Farmacusa

    – W.A. Mozart: Serenade in D major K. 320 Posthorn

     

    Poor Salieri, condemned to remain in the shadow of the genius of Mozart, whom he is said to have poisoned out of jealousy, according to the legend of the film Amadeus… In reality, Antonio Salieri was very much in the limelight at the Viennese court and even at Versailles, where his opera Tarare was the greatest operatic success of the reign of Louis XVI. Although he composed a great deal for the operatic stage and the church, Salieri also composed some formidable overtures for orchestra. A great interpreter of the classical and baroque repertoire, Italian conductor Giovanni Antonini is the ideal musician to magnify these rediscovered pages. And as part of the Salzburg Festival, the great clarinettist Sabine Meyer performs Mozart’s immortal concerto.

     

     

    7:30, at the Grosses Festspielhaus :

     

    WIENER PHILHARMONIKER – W.A. Mozart / J. Haydn / A. Salieri

     

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada : Conductor

    Sol Gabetta : Violoncello

    Kathryn Lewek : Soprano

    Serena Sáenz : Soprano

    Theodore Platt : Baryton

    Nahuel Di Pierro : Bass

     

    – W.A. Mozart: Symphony in G major K. 318

    – J. Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb:1

    – W.A. Mozart & A. Salieri: Der Schauspieldirektor K. 486, Prima la musica e poi le parole

     

    What a fantastic programme! The springtime Haydn Cello Concerto performed by Sol Gabetta would be enough to satisfy our appetites as music lovers, but this evening conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the helm of the Vienna Philharmonic has come up with an incredible re-creation with the diptych Der Schauspieldirektor and Prima la musica e poi la parole. Written by Mozart and Salieri respectively, these two works were performed on the same day in 1786 because Emperor Joseph II wanted to give the Prince of Saxony all the best that Vienna had to offer in music! The result is two short, breathtaking operas, one about an impresario battling with two female singers for the role of prima donna (Mozart) and the other about a poet and a musician vying for the leading role in the show (Salieri). These two marvellous mises en abyme retain all their modernity and mischief, and the vocal quartet (Kathryn Lewek, Serena Sáenz, Theodore Platt, Nahuel Di Pierro) are irresistibly charming.

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    GOLDENER HIRSCH (*****)

    In front of the Palais des Festivals, the Goldener Hirsch, beloved of music lovers, saw Mozart born almost on its doorstep… Cosy and warm, it is the Salzburg institution par excellence.

    SACHER (*****SUP.)

    On the banks of the Salzach, facing the magnificent panorama of the old town, the fortress and the Alps, the Sacher is a hotel with great tradition, elegance and impeccable service.

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