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Aficionados’ Concerts

For the second Aficionados’ Concert, I Virtuosi ambulanti – the “travelling virtuosos” – from Munich, will again be stopping off in Eisenstadt on their journey through the lands. The ensemble revives the tradition of travelling opera companies and is presenting the salon opera pasticcio “Wertheriade in the Fairy Kingdom”. This is a tribute to the 240th anniversary of the publication of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther”. It also celebrates his much-cited description of the “fairy kingdom of the Esterházys” that he proclaimed 250 years ago.

Saturday, 9 August 2014, 7.30 pm Sunday, 10 August 2014, 11 am, Haydnsaal

Picnic Concerts

Aficionados’ Concerts Director of Programming: Nicolas Trees In collaboration with In their third year the Aficionados’ Concerts 2014 present forgotten treasures from Esterházy music history, select premieres and debuts, and gems of salon music.

Saturday, 26 April, 7.30 pm, Haydnsaal

Prices in € Cat. V 18.00 | IV 25.00 | III 32.00 | II 39.00 | I 45.00

(Pre-concert talk in German, 6.30 pm, Empire Hall) Gioachino Rossini: La Riconoscenza • Austrian debut Auguste Mathieu Panseron: Requiem a quattro voci • premiere Sigismund von Neukomm: Dramatic Fantasia on some passages of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” Timothy Fallon, tenor | Randal Turner, baritone Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest | Hungarian National Choir Massimiliano Murrali, conductor This first concert is a dream come true for those in search of musical gems. A mysterious, pristine musical score discovered deep in the Esterházy Palace vaults is to be premiered and brought to life once more. It will be the world debut of the requiem by French composer Auguste Mathieu Panseron. This programme also features an orchestral fantasy by Haydn’s pupil Sigismund von Neukomm and the Austrian debut of Gioachino Rossini’s secular cantata “La Riconoscenza”.

Saturday, 25 October, 7.30 pm, Haydnsaal (Pre-concert talk in German, 6.30 pm, Empire Hall) “Wertheriade in the Fairy Kingdom” A salon opera project with premieres and debuts of works by Gioachino Rossini, Saverio Mercadante, Ferdinando Paër, Franz Schoberlechner I Virtuosi ambulanti With Timothy Fallon, Lin Shi, Mark Pogolski, Gustavo Sánchez Artistic Director: Nicolas Trees

Pannonian Christmas Gala

A unique treat for body and soul: music for the ears and mouthwatering morsels for the taste buds! classic Esterházy’s popular Picnic Concerts are an all-round enjoyable experience. It would be hard to find such a delightful combination of music, nature and architecture anywhere else! This year the dazzling team of the Pressburg Symphony and conductor Jochem Hochstenbach present a true feast for the ears. Catering to all tastes, the menu includes exquisite Italian arias performed by young opera stars. Alternatively, enjoy Mozart’s clarinet concerto with Tyrolean artist Wenzel Fuchs, a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, coupled with the captivating symphonic delicacy of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. This is all rounded off by great food and drink! Preordered picnic baskets or the served deluxe picnic can be enjoyed before the concerts on Saturdays and in the extended intermission on Sundays – a fabulous experience in Esterházy Palace’s enchanting private park.

Saturday, 5 July 2014, 7.30 pm Sunday, 6 July 2014, 11 am, Haydnsaal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622 Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, etc. A Christmas gala of music that is contemplative yet still rousing, traditional and truly unique. When Burgenland’s brilliant musician Ferry Janoska invites stars from classical music, pop and entertainment to celebrate Christmas with true Pannonian flair it is sure to be an unforgettable evening – a gift of sharing festive joys in music.

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 7.30 pm, Haydnsaal Prices in € Cat. V 18.00 | IV 25.00 | III 32.00 | II 39.00 | I 45.00

Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet | Pressburg Symphony Jochem Hochstenbach, conductor Mozart “smoked a splendid pipe of tobacco” with his “black coffee” before completing his clarinet concerto in 1791, just a few weeks before he died. It was to become one of his most famous works, featuring on the soundtracks of films like “Out of Africa”. In Tchaikovsky’s equally popular Fifth Symphony, stormy and wistful passions culminate in an orchestral firework: a proud, dramatic triumph over darkness, both within and without.

Opera gala Arias and duets from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Gioachino Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Seviglia”, Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’elisir d‘amore” etc. Rosa Feola, soprano | Jonathan Beyer, baritone Pressburg Symphony | Jochem Hochstenbach, conductor An Italian opera gala with young stars performing some of music’s most stunning arias. Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda sings the praises of her loved one’s “dearest name”, little knowing that it is false; Rossini’s mischievous barber Figaro considers himself utterly indispensable here, there and everywhere, while Donizetti’s shy Nemorino hopes against hope that his love potion will win him the affections of his Adina. These and other affairs of the heart lose none of their magic when performed without a costume or mask. Prices in € Cat. V 25.00 | IV 35.00 | III 43.00 | II 51.00 | I 59.00

Picnics 2014

classic 2014/Eisenstadt

Picnic baskets (for 2 persons) € 40 July • Preserved Lake Neusiedl vegetables with “Hammerfleisch” [dry-cured ham] • Home-smoked breast of muscovy duck with pumpkin chutney • “Somlauer Nockerl” [mini dumplings] in a jar

July (vegetarian) • Preserved Lake Neusiedl vegetables with goat cheese • Spinach & cream cheese roll • “Somlauer Nockerl” [mini dumplings] in a jar

August • Roast beef with summer salad • Freshwater fish in aspic with green algae salad in a jar • Raspberry & yoghurt cake with fruit in a jar

August (vegetarian) • Summer salad and mushroom tartar • Pumpkin tiramisu • Raspberry & yoghurt cake with fruit in a jar

Concerts 2014 String Quartet Festival Picnic Concerts Aficionados’ Concerts Pannonian Christmas Gala

Deluxe Picnic (for 2 persons) € 80 July • Steppe beef with Lake Neusiedl vegetables and summer salad • Pöttsching char roll on dill potato mash and saffron sauce • “Tafelspitz” [boiled veal] and “Butterschnitzerl” [schnitzel of minced veal] with peas and morels • “Somlauer Nockerl” [mini dumplings]

July (vegetarian) • Smoked tofu with Lake Neusiedl vegetables and summer salad • Baked risotto balls in tarragon sauce • Vegetable-polenta slice with peas and morels • “Somlauer Nockerl” [mini dumplings]

August August (vegetarian) • Marinated peppers with • Marinated peppers with goat cheese Pöttsching rabbit • Pumpkin and sweet potato gratin • Wels catfish from Sigless on on leaf spinach pumpkin and sweet potato stew • Esterházy-style grain burger with • Esterházy-style medium-rare beef with root vegetables and butter noodles root vegetables and butter noodles • Raspberry & yoghurt cake with fruit • Raspberry & yoghurt cake with fruit Erlebnis

All picnics come with wine, bread and mineral water

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA Thursday, 19 June 2014, 7.30 pm, Haydnsaal


DOVER QUARTET Concert by the winner of the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition

Saturday, 21 June 2014, 11 am, Haydnsaal

Sunday, 22 June 2014, 11 am, Haydnsaal

String Quartet Festival

Luigi Boccherini: String Quartet in C major, Op. 2 No. 6 Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet in E minor Fabio Vacchi: String Quartet No. II “Movimento di quartetto” Ottorino Respighi: String Quartet in D major Luigi Boccherini – alongside Joseph Haydn he is regarded as one of the pioneers and early masters of the string quartet. Starting with one of his first quartets, the Quartetto di Cremona traces over two centuries of Italian chamber music in an exquisitely programmed evening. Boccherini is followed by Giuseppe Verdi’s sparkling solitaire, the epic, late Romantic melodies of Ottorino Respighi, and contemporary composer Fabio Vacchi, whose sensitive music performed by the Vienna Philharmonic delighted audiences at the Salzburg Festival.

TERESA CARREÑO QUARTETT AND YARACUY QUARTETT Six string quartets – and more! Over four days an irresistible array of music and poetry is performed by a number of young artists. These include the talented Venezuelan quartets of Teresa Carreño and Yaracuy, assembled from the two large “El Sistema” orchestras, which have taken the world by storm. And the prestigious Esterházy Prize, awarded at the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition in Canada, has enabled an outstanding ensemble of new talent to appear at Eisenstadt. Furthermore, the programme conjures up a wealth of associations. Italian traditions ranging from the classics to contemporary composer Fabio Vacchi, connections evoked between Mozart and Dvořák, Erwin Schulhoff and the expressive miniatures by György Kurtág are just some of the delights in store. And the finale features no less a star than Katja Riemann whose sensitive recital combined with the melodies of the Casal Quartet creates a veritable “Schubertiade” – a complete picture of Franz Schubert in words and music.

Prices in € Cat. V 18.00 | IV 25.00 | III 32.00 | II 39.00 | I 45.00 20. 6. 2014: II 25.00 | I 32.00

Friday, 20 June 2014, 7.30 pm, Empire Hall

Heitor Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 1 Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major Hugo Wolf: Serenade in G major Alberto Ginastera: String Quartet Op. 20 No. 1 It sounds like a miracle: In 1975 José Antonio Abreu gathered a group of children from the slums of Venezuela, thrust instruments into their hands and started training them to become an orchestra – a perfect opportunity for social development. Currently “El Sistema” provides free training for almost 400,000 young people, the most talented of whom play in 1,550 ensembles and 24 state orchestras. The members of these two string quartets are among their number and will now put on an evening of enthralling music played with complete surrender and technical brilliance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in A major, K. 464 György Kurtág: String Quartet Op. 1 Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 No. 1 Hob. III: 75 Samuel Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 44 No. 2

The Armida Quartett swept the board at the 2012 ARD Music Competition, snapping up first place in the string quartet category, the audience prize and a number of other special prizes. There can be no doubt that these four young Germans make a formidable ensemble. In Eisenstadt they will present Mozart’s classic quartet K. 464 as well as Opus 1 by György Kurtág, the Hungarian composer’s first work in 1959 following a personal crisis. Ewa Kupiec will then join them for the beautiful quintet Op. 81 by Antonín Dvorák:  Bohemian melodic bliss!

The future of the string quartet? You can hear the answer in Banff, a cultural centre in the Canadian province of Alberta. Since 1983, every three years in late summer, the best young quartets (maximum age 35) face an international jury. And of course the future of the string quartet will be putting in an appearance at Eisenstadt. As winners, the Dover Quartet from the USA has also been awarded the Esterházy Foundation Prize, enabling them to perform where Joseph Haydn composed. They bring with them not only performances by the great masters Haydn and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy but also a piece of home in the form of Barber’s String Quartet.

Tickets Esterházy Palace Ticket Shop 7000 Eisenstadt Email: Opening hours: daily from 9 am – 6 pm (on concert days until 7.30 pm and around the clock online at Information about reductions and subscriptions can be found at oeticket T +43 (0) 1 96 0 96, and at all advance-sale locations with an oeticket connection.

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TALICH QUARTETT Saturday, 21 June 2014, 7.30 pm, Haydnsaal

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421 Erwin Schulhoff: Quatuor No. 1 Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet in C major, Op. 61 In 1901 Antonín Dvorák  responded to the talent of the seven-yearold Erwin Schulhoff with both glowing recommendations and two bars of chocolate. Fascinated by modernism, Schulhoff explored the entire spectrum of styles in his day, including jazz, until he was murdered in 1942 by the Nazi death machine. The Talich Quartet, for decades one of Europe’s leading chamber music ensembles, combines works by these two great Czech composers with Mozart’s passionate String Quartet in D minor.

CASAL QUARTETT AND KATJA RIEMANN Sunday, 22 June 2014, 6 pm, Haydnsaal “Schubertiade“ Known for her work in theatre, film and television, Katja Riemann is not only one of the most famous and popular German actresses but is also a great music lover. Her twin passions combine in this uplifting evening. This veritable “Schubertiade” traces the joys and sorrows in the life of Franz Schubert conveying an intimate psychological portrait. Riemann reads from Schubert’s letters, bringing this sensitive character back to life, while the Casal Quartet completes the picture of this musical genius.

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