Over 30 years since the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra was started in the days of the Cold War, the rejuvenated orchestra is at last officially Orchestra in Residence at the Esterhazy palace with its superb concert hall that was known to Haydn.
Two concerts by the orchestra and two recitals by Ian Bostridge at the palace make up the musical programme with a recital by the Banff International Competition prize-winning Tesla Quartet in the glorious summer palace in Hungary. Winterreise is the subject of Ian Bostridge’s recent book (Schubert’s Winter Journey : Anatomy of an Obsession) after many years of study. He also sings some of the Scottish folksong arrangements with piano trio accompaniment by Haydn and Beethoven composed around 1800 for a British publisher.
Schubert came with two friends on a three-day walking tour to Eisenstadt in early October 1828 to visit Haydn’s tomb. A month later he died. We also visit Haydn’s tomb and the vault where he was first interred.
We stay in the 4* modern Hotel Burgenland and visit Haydn’s house, the Esterhazy Palace with the Haydn Hall and the Bergkirche where he is buried. The first Jewish Museum in Austria with its private synagogue and the nearby cemetery are part of our tour with the important English Garden of the Palace park.
|Cost : £2360 to include return Austrian Airlines flights (dep Heathrow 09.15. return 18.40)
6 nights bed-and-breakfast accommodation in the 4* Hotel Burgenland, good tickets for 4 concerts in Eisenstadt and 1 concert in Eszterháza Hungary, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, transfers and excursions. Single supplement £150 Deposit £400 pp.
|Saturday 9 September|
09.15 Austrian Airlines flight departs Heathrow. Coach to Rohrau for birth house and Schloss Harrach for important private picture collection. Lunch. Introduction to Eisenstadt and dinner.
|Sunday 10 September|
Haydn Mass in the Bergkirche.
|11.00 Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
with Alexander Lonquich (piano and conductor)
Mozart Piano Concerto in C K505; Haydn Symphony No. 92 in G “Oxford”
|Coach to Eszterháza/Fertöd for visit to Palace and restored Marionette Theatre. Dinner.|
|19.00 Tesla Quartet (Banff Competition 2016 prizewinners) Haydn tba.
|Monday 11 September |
Coach to Carnuntum (Roman excavations), Kittsee and palace, then to Bratislava – former Hungarian capital. Main sights and dinner.
|Tuesday 12 September |
Eisenstadt : Haydn’s house/museum, Esterhazy palace, Jewish quarter, museum and cemetery, the park – major English Garden where the first steam engine in Central Europe was installed in 1806. Dinner.
|19.30 Ian Bostridge and the Oberon Trio Haydn and Beethoven Scottish folksong settings
|Wednesday 13 September|
Visit Forchtenstein fortress and Raiding birthplace of Franz Liszt. Dinner
19.30 Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra with François Leleux (oboe and conductor)
Haydn Symphony No. 49 in F minor “La Passione” and Oboe Concerto in C (probably spurious); Beethoven Coriolan Overture; Schubert Symphony No.4 in C minor
|Thursday 14 September
Optional visit to the Esterhazy Winery.
Free time. Dinner.
|19.30 Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake Schubert Winterreise
|Friday 15 September|
Rust (ancient church) – boat across Lake Neusiedl – horse-drawn cart through the reedbeds to Illmitz – lunch – the Bridge at Andau – last escape for Hungarians in 1956.
17.15 Flight leaves Vienna 18.40 arrives Heathrow.
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