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CULTURAL TOURS TO CENTRAL EUROPE AND BEYOND

 

THE SCHUBERTIADE - SCHWARZENBERG 27 August- 3 September 2017


The Schubertiade in the wooded and mountainous region in the far west of Austria remains the leading lieder and chamber music festival. The combination of world-class recitals and idyllic surroundings has proved addictive for many. This year we have again selected the absolutely unmissable recitals that are given in the small modern hall in the picturesque village of Schwarzenberg, a beautiful wooden structure with ideal acoustics. Artists include singers Christoph Pregardien and Violeta Urmana, pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja and Igor Levit, and the Emerson and Belcea Quartets.

We stay close by in the village of Mellau in an award-winning 4* Superior boutique spa hotel, newly rebuilt in traditional and modern style with spacious light rooms, all with balcony and wooden floors. The spa centre has indoor and outdoor pools, steam baths, massage etc. The peaceful setting is ideal as a base for walking and it is a few minutes walk to the cable car up the mountain. Dinner is at the hotel – well-known in the area for its high standard. We will have talks on the concert programmes.

Cost : £ 3240 includes return scheduled flights, transfers, 7 nights bed and buffet breakfast in twin-bedded room with private facilities at Mellau, good tickets for 10 concerts, transfers and excursions, 7 lunches and 7 dinners. Single supplement £ 160. Superior rooms with bath etc
£ 200 pp supplement. Deposit £ 400 pp.



Sunday 27 August  
Swiss flight departs Heathrow 13.45 arrives Zurich 16.35 Coach transfer to Hotel and supper
Monday 28 August  
Walking tour of Mellau and surroundings.
Cable car to mountain walk.


16.00 Emerson String Quartet
Beethoven   The late string quartets 1:
op.127; op.135; op.131






20.00 Igor Levit (piano)
Schubert   The last piano sonatas: Sonata in A D959 and Sonata in B flat major D960
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Tuesday 29 August  


16.00 Dvorak   String Quintet in G op.77;
Schubert   Octet in F D803

Two of the best-loved chamber works played by the best young instrumentalists

20.00 Violeta Urmana (mezzo) and
Helmut Deutsch (piano)

Schubert   Nacht und Träume etc;
Mahler   Rückert Lieder;
Strauss   Lieder

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Wednesday 30 August
Free morning.
Schwarzenberg : Angelika Kauffman Museum and church with her earliest frescoes and late altarpiece

16.00 Marlis Petersen (soprano) Jendrik Springer (piano) and Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet)
Schubert   Lieder including “der Hirt auf dem Felsen”;
Strauss   Lieder





20.00 Emerson String Quartet
Beethoven The late string quartets 2: op.132, op.130 (with Grosse Fuge, op.133 as Finale)
Marlis Petersen

Andreas Ottensamer
Thursday 31 August 
Steam railway and possible gentle alpine walk.

20.00 Igor Levit (piano)
Bach   Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Friday 1 September
Coach to medieval free island city of Lindau, boat to Bregenz with Kunsthaus and festival stage.


20.00 Belcea Quartet
and Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Schubert
String Quartet in D minor D810
 “Der Tod und das Mädchen”;
String Quintet in C D956

Belcea Quartet
Saturday 2 September 
Hohenems – the Schubert Museum, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Museum and the Jewish Museum.

20.00 Julia Kleiter (soprano)
Christoph Prégardien (tenor) Michael Gees (piano)
Hugo Wolf   “Italienisches Liederbuch”
Julia Kleiter
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Sunday 3 September  

11.00 Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
Schubert Sonata in F minor D625; Sonata in C D840 “Reliquie”; Sonata in A minor D845




Coach to Winterthur and the Oskar Reinhart gallery “Am Römerholz”.
Swiss flight departs Zurich 17.30 arrives Heathrow 18.15
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