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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Ouverture spirituelle under the Sign of Buddhism

18 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:55 h;
published in: Concert

Stiftskirche St. Peter (Photo: Luigi Caputo)
Christian sacred music will be represented by the most famous oratorios by Joseph Haydn, Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, both conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Furthermore, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in the time-honored Festival performance of Mozart’s Mass in C-Minor at St. Peter’s. However, there will also be works by 20th century composers dedicated to Christian spirituality: pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard perform Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen and Juliane Banse sings Hindemith’s contemplative song cycle Marienleben. In addition, an ancient form of sung prayer, Gregorian chant, will meet its counterpart in Japanese-Buddhist liturgy. Finally, one concert spans the gap between tradition and modernism, offering you the opportunity to listen to two very special Japanese instruments: the biwa lute and the bamboo flute shakuhachi.

Apart from the varied concerts, the drama department is represented in the Ouverture spirituelle with two remarkable productions: on the one hand, the eagerly awaited new production of Jedermann, and on the other, Schiller’s “romantic tragedy” Die Jungfrau von Orléans, juxtaposed with Braunfels’ Jeanne d’Arc.

These and many other events await you this year at the Ouverture spirituelle. It forms the point of departure for many other series of events, introducing themes which will be taken up again in the Festival’s program in different contexts, expanded and discussed. We invite you cordially to this spiritual introduction to get into the Festival’s atmosphere and spirit.

Our program guide offers an overview of all the events pertaining to the Ouverture spirituelle series: 

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