R h e i n g a u M u s i c F e s t i v a l 2 0 1 1 P r o g r a m m e h i g h l i g h t s i n t h e f e s t i v a l ’ s 2 4 t h s u m m e r
This year, for the 24th time, no less, the region extending from Wiesbaden to Lorch will be transformed into a gigantic concert stage, on which musical stars from Germany and abroad will appear in glittering succession. The festival’s enduring popularity is based not least on its thematic vibrancy, and the established or up-and- coming performers it attracts. In the summer ahead, 153 concerts will be held at 43 different venues – concert halls, castles and palaces, picturesque churches, monasteries and basilicas, tradition-steeped wineries – and even in the open air and on the Rhine. This year, too, the Rheingau Music Festival will once again be presenting superlatively entrancing concerts ranging from classical music to upmarket entertainment and extending over well-nigh all epochs, categories and
Opening and closing concerts
The 24th Rheingau Music Festival will kick off on 25 June (Opening Concert I) and 26 June (Opening Concert II) with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, performed by the hr Symphony Orchestra with its principal conductor Paavo Järvi. The Latvian mezzo- soprano Elīna Garanča will start the concert by singing Alban Berg’s “Seven Early Songs for Voice and Orchestra”. hr2-culture will be broadcasting the concert live on Saturday, 25 June at 7.05 p.m. hr Television will be showing a recording of the con- cert on Sunday, 26 June at 8.15 p.m. This year’s closing concert, on 27 August in the Basilica of Eberbach Monastery, features Gustav Mahler’s “Adagio from the 10th Symphony” and the “Song of the Earth” performed by the mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier, the tenor Michael König and the Bamberger Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Nott.
Keynote themes The keynote themes of “Liszt: 200th anniversary of his birth”, “Mahler: 100he anniversary of his death”, “Homesickness”, “Four on a string” and “Vocal maximal” will be entertaining audiences throughout the summer of 2011. The com- poser’s portrait this year is dedicated to the Wiesbaden-born Hans Zender.
Orchestral and solo concerts The Bruckner cycle of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, conducted by Eliahu Inbal, ends this year with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 (7 July). Anne-Sophie Mutter is appearing this summer with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck, for the German premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “Lichtes Spiel” (26 August). The Munich Philharmonic will be accom- panying Olli Mustonen for Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto conducted by Herbert Blomstedt (23 July). Specialists getting together: the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berlin Baroque Soloists are this year offering “Bach pure” (8 July). Julia Fischer, accompanied by the SWR’s Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orches- tra conducted by Andrey Boreyko, will be playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (3