|The Wolkenturm - Grafenegg Festival|
Grafenegg Castle is the historic home of the Metternich family; the current owner is Tassilo Metternich-Sándor and his ancestor is the Prince Metternich who was the architect of the 1815 Vienna Congress. Set in lovely countryside by the Danube, an hour from Vienna, the setting provides local wine, gastronomy and history alongside the music, with a plethora of venues in the castle and grounds. The castle itself provides rehearsal spaces, as well as space for chamber music concerts in the castle courtyard, whilst the auditorium, the riding-school and the Wolkenturm are the three main performance spaces. The Wolkenturm is a spectacular outdoor stage, truly 21st century intervention in the landscape.
Musically the festival includes many major artists, and this year can look forward to Bryn Terfel, Angela Denoke, Camilla Nylund, Katia and Marielle Labeque playing with the EUYO conducted by Vasily Petrenko, Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Rudolf Buchbinder directing the Vienna Philharmoni Orchestra from the keyboard in all of Beethoven's piano concertos, whilst the Tonkunstler Orchestra plays in many of the concerts. The festival runs from 19 August to 11 September, with a Midsummer Gala on 16 & 17 June, and events on Saturdays from 25 June. And outside of this period there are other activities, many based on the festival's youth programme as well as a concert series from the Tonkunstler Orchestra.
|The Auditorium - Grafenegg Festival|
|Members of the EUYO at the Austrian Residence in London|
As the Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichinger said, with Grafenegg an hour from Vienna and Vienna a two hour flight from London, it is easy to go for the weekend. So what are we waiting for!
Elsewhere on this blog:
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- Much to admire: ENO season launch - new article
- Finely sung: Folk song of the British Isles from the Armonico Consort - CD review
- Engaging enchantment: Ensemble Pygmalion's Rheinmädchen - CD review
- Highly engaging: The Sixteen in Monteverdi's 1650 collection - CD review
- Remarkable rediscovery: Classical Opera in Jommelli's Il Vologeso - Opera review
- Passionate intensity: Schnittke's Penitential Psalms - CD review
- Sheer brilliance: Charles Owen & Katya Apkeisheva in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at Rhinegold Live - concert review
- Magical moments: On Eagles Wings, Alexander L'Estrange sung by Tenebrae - CD review
- Show, don't tell: Clocks 1888: The Greener - Opera review
- Tactile, mystical, sensuality: Orchestral music by Julian Anderson - CD review
- An appealing & definite voice: Clarinet music by Carl Vollrath - CD review