The Musikfestival Grafenegg offers a most amazing historical backdrop for all of musical masterpieces from past centuries. Since 2007, Grafenegg has presented a top-class programme of concerts as part of the Music Summer and Music Festival. Under the artistic direction of Rudolf Buchbinder, the world’s most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists come to perform on the Wolkenturm open-air stage and in the beautifully Gothic Auditorium concert hall. The highlight is the Musikfestival Grafenegg which runs annually from mid-August until mid-September. To make this festival even more amazing, it is celebrating 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven!
Grafenegg Festival will be held 20 Aug to 16 Sep 2020
Brief History of the Festival
The Grafenegg Festival, taking place annually in the beautiful Danube valley of Wachau is perhaps the most romantic setting for a festival imaginable. The castle of Schloss Grafenegg’s origins may be sixteenth-century, but it was the nineteenth-century that transformed it into what it is today. The castle was reimagined and built in the style of romantic historicism, surrounded by 32 hectares of revitalized landscaped gardens, is one of the most important buildings of the 19th century in AustriaThe castle itself is at the centre of the Grafenegg estate which has been home to the festival since 2007. As audiences have grown so has the festival, building the futuristic outdoor amphitheatre the Wolkenturm (“Cloud-Tower”), a new indoor auditorium, and converting the original stables into yet another concert-hall. Part of the festival’s appeal is the variety of its programme, reflecting the eclectic interests of the castle’s original founder in the breadth of the programming.
Highlights from the 2020 Programme
This is a star studded event to celebrate not only the opening of the festival but also Beethoven’s 250th birthday . The programme includes Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Also to include a world premiere especially commissioned by the festival by Konstantía Gourzí. Yutaka Sado conducts with Pretty Yende as soprano and Klaus Florian Vogt as tenor. A truly magnificent opening event!
Date: 14 August 2020 at 19.30h.
Fidelio tells the story of strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. This production stars Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.
Date: 16 August 2020 at 19.30h
Rudolf Buchbinder and the St Petersburg Philharmonic
Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the most legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than sixty years with spirit and spontaneity. His renditions of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works are considered to be exemplary. And on this night you are in luck as he is preforming Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano in addition to work by Rachmaninoff.
Date: 21 August 2020 at 19.30h
Sir Simon Rattle and The London Symphony Orchestra Parts I and II
Sir Simon Rattle really needs no introduction. He was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.For some years Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998. He is also Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.In September 2002 Sir Simon became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he remained until June 2018. In September 2017, Simon took up the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. In this pairing with the London Symphony Orchestra for two performances playing Mahler, Wagner and Brahms the nights will be electric!
Dates 29, 30 August 2020 at 19.15h
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel
Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy of access to music for all. As a symphonic and operatic conductor, his music making on four continents continues to inspire audiences of all ages. Currently serving as Music Director of both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the impact of his musical leadership is felt internationally. The fantastic programme includes works by Beethoven and Prokofiev.
Date: 3 September 2020 at 19.00h.
Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch
Ever since her operatic debut in 1995, Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund has won acclaim in Europe’s great opera houses, including La Scala, Milan and the Vienna State Opera. Nylund has established herself as one of the world’s leading lyric-dramatic sopranos. Helmut Deutsch, pianist and musicologist, is one of the most internationally respected accompanists. He plays on the most prestigious stages
Date: 6 September 2020 at 11.00h.
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