ing Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Heinrich Schiff (violoncello) and Martin Helmchen (pi- ano) will in honour of Heinrich Schiff’s 60th birthday be performing the Clarinet Trio in A Minor Op. 114 by Brahms and the Piano Trio Op. 11 “Gassenhauer Trio” by Bee- thoven (14 July). The young stars Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Daniel Müller-Schott (violoncello) and Xavier de Maistre (harp) will be playing a trio programme (11 Au- gust). Violin sonatas by Bartók and Schubert, plus the “Grand Duo concertant” by Franz Liszt will be presented by Isabelle van Keulen (violin) with Ronald Brautigam (piano) at Johannisberg (24 August). The young Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, who in 2010 was awarded the LOTTO Prize of the Rheingau Music Festival, will join with Claudio Martínez Mehner (piano) to play works for violin and piano by Brahms, de Falla, Franck and de Sarasate (9 August).
In the piano music category, this year’s Rheingau Music Festival once again has some rather special highlights in store. To cite one event of assuredly rare quality: Mitsuko Uchida will be giving a solo recital at Johannisberg Palace (30 July). Rudolf Buchbinder will continue his cycle with the piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (6 August and 7 August), Oleg Maisenberg his “Masterpieces of Russian Piano Mu- sic” cycle. Evgeni Koroliov will be playing works by Beethoven and Bach in the Prince-von-Metternich Hall (16 July). Compositions by the jubilarian Franz Liszt will be the principal focus of the piano evenings hosted by Herbert Schuch (6 July), Al- fredo Perl (10 August), Igor Levit (31 July), Louis Lortie (13 August) and Dénes Vár- jon (23 August). For his recital, Christian Zacharias has come up with an evening of delectable contrasts: gallant, sparkling pieces from the fertile pen of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will be followed by solo piano literature from late Beethoven and Brahms (28 July). In the “Bach: Piano Night”, Martin Stadtfeld will be playing Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (17 August). In “Bach: The Piano Works VII”, Konstantin Lif- schitz will be devoting himself to Bach’s Partitas BWV 828 - 830 (18 August).
Several musical-literary evenings are included in this summer’s programme: The charismatic actress Eva Mattes will be appearing no fewer than three times! On 5 July in “And above us the Sky” her musical-literary expedition takes her on a wide- ranging journey from the Berlin of the 1920s, through the years of exile and home- sickness and finally to the individuals returning to a city laid in ruins. On 19 August, she will be appearing in a project called “Timeless – Philip Glass meets Tarquino Merula” with the Lautten Compagney Berlin, and on 20 August she will be a guest on Katharina Eickhoff’s “Rendezvous with ô”. One musical-literary evening will be de- voted to Alma Mahler-Werfels herself, with Iris Vermillion (mezzo-soprano), Charles Spencer (piano) and Dominique Horwitz (narrator) (8 July). In the “Gustav Mahler Night”, the composer as a person will be examined in a conversation between Mahler aficionado Jens Malte Fischer and the presenter Katharina Eickhoff. The evening will be rounded off with lieder by Gustav Mahler performed by Michael Volle (baritone) and Helmut Deutsch (piano) (5 August). Alfred Brendel is returning to the Rheingau in order to honour Franz Liszt. In conversation with Katharina Eickhoff, and in his monologue “From plenitude to asceticism”, Brendel deploys his expertise and wit to provide entertaining insights into the composer’s life and work. The