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

13 JAN 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:34 h;
published in: Concert

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

4 JAN 2016

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:22 h;
published in: Concert

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

5 NOV 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:10 h;
published in: Concert

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

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:04 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert, General

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

30 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  20:03 h;
published in: Opera, Drama, Concert

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

20 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:30 h;
published in: Concert

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

12 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  18:18 h;
published in: Concert

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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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2015. The Winner is Lorenzo Viotti from Switzerland

10 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:09 h;
published in: Concert

“It was a privilege to observe three young gifted conductors at work this week. All three have a brilliant future in front of them. But it was the feeling of the jury that the winner – Lorenzo Viotti – is at this moment in his development a few steps ahead of the others in being ready to launch what we all feel it is going to be an important career,” said jury chairman Dennis Russell Davies when announcing the 2015 winner.

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Pierre Boulez • TerraceTalk with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Florian Wiegand und Wolfgang Schaufler

7 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:14 h;
published in: Concert

Wolfgang Schaufler remembers exactly: 23 years ago he sat on the terrace of the Salzburg Festival and moderated the press conference on the Boulez focus. “Now we are 23 years older, but Boulez’ music is still fresh and unbroken,” says Wolfgang Schaufler, the representative of Universal Edition.

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Guest Orchestras • To make a passion audible

4 AUG 2015

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:45 h;
published in: Concert

What was the most exotic or special location you have ever performed in?
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) has appeared literally all over the world. For me personally one of the most exotic places for us was also the least exotic place for our Music Director.  We performed in a Cricket Club in Mumbai in the rain. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Mehli Mehta's birth. The irony was that the people who had purchased the most expensive seats were the ones who were getting wet, although many of them had someone holding an umbrella over their heads throughout the concert! The soloist was Placido Domingo, and he got quite wet as well!

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