The baritone Christian Gerhaher will be guesting at the Rheingau Music Festival three times this summer: at a concert featuring Bach cantatas with the Camerata Bern conducted by Heinz Holliger (9 July), at a “Rendezvous withô” event hosted by Dieter Borchmeyer (20 July) and at a lieder evening featuring songs by Mahler (21 July).
Early music The countertenor Andreas Scholl (who was born in the Rheingau, by the way) will this year be making his debut at the RMF, performing on three days in succession, in fact, starting with one of the “Rendezvous with ô” interviews, hosted by Katharina Eickhoff (15 July). On 16 July, he will join forces with some musical friends and en- sembles to take the audience on an aural journey through the Rheingau. The An- dreas Scholl Weekend culminates in a major concert in the Basilica of Eberbach Monastery (17 July): together with his sister, the soprano Elisabeth Scholl, Andreas Scholl will be presenting his favourite arias and duets by Purcell, Händel, Porpora and other composers of the era. The baroque specialists from the Bach Collegium in Japan, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, will be interpreting the “St. Matthew’s Passion” in Eberbach Monastery (24 August). At their concert this year, the young British vo- cal ensemble Stile Antico will be showcasing their unique talents by exploring com- positions from the Renaissance (5 August). For more than 40 years now, the golden- voiced British King's Singers have enjoyed cult status, delighting music-lovers with the perfection of their strikingly mellifluous a-cappella arrangements, and this sum- mer will be making their first appearance at St. Stephan’s Church in Mainz (20 July). Students and lecturers from a wide range of different classes at Frankfurt Music Col- lage act as “tour guides” through a multiplicity of epochs and styles. Three chamber music ensembles will be presenting their recently rehearsed repertoire at various places in Eberbach Monastery. The concert evening culminates in a semi-staged performance of Alessandro Stradella’s oratorium “San Giovanni Battista” (21 Au- gust). The Huelgas Ensemble headed by Paul van Nevel has a new programme dedicated to a single subject of burning interest: the cigar (12 August). The Ancient Music experts from Venice – Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orches- tra – will be performing Vivaldi and Leclair (3 August). For the Fischer-Krämer Organ of St. Martin’s parish church, the Dutch baroque specialist Ton Koopman has put together a programme of fine-tuned excellence (24 July). The lutist Joachim Held will be playing high-baroque and gallant works for the lute by Falckenhagen, Weiss and
Bach in St. Aegidius Church in Mittelheim on 5 July.
Chamber music His guest appearances in Europe are none too common
so it’s all the greater a
pleasure to be hosting Yo-Yo Ma at a recital in the Wiesbadener Assembly Rooms (20 August)! More chamber music highlights will be provided by superlative ensem- bles like the Arcanto Quartet (28 June), the Kuss Quartet with Udo Samel as reciter (29 June), the Fauré Quartet (3 August), the Nádor Quartet with the double-bassist Gyula Lázár (5 August), the Richard Galliano Sextet (13 July) or the Trio Wanderer with the violist Antoine Tamestit (17 August). The chamber music ensemble compris-