Haydn Festival 2016
“Haydn & Bohemia”: September 8th to 18th 2016
In 2016, the International Haydn Festival invites for the 28th time to honour Joseph Haydn’s sub-lime musical oeuvre for ten days. The Haydn Festival takes place at its original venues, namely the Haydn Hall of the Esterházy Palace. With its outstanding acoustics, the concert hall is ranked one of the finest in the world and constituting a stylish setting for the musical life of Eisenstadt, the city of Haydn.
The entire works of the genius loci Joseph Haydn is always at the heart of the Haydn Festival. In 2016, this musical focus is framed by the works of famous composers from the Bohemian Crown land of the Habsburg Monarchy. This is to show relationship, offer a comparison and contrast of Haydn’s works to their compositions. Composers like Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Johann Baptist Vanhal und Leopold Koželuch or the later generation of bohemian composers like Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák und Gustav Mahler are going to be performed. Well known interna-tional artists and orchestras and the best Haydn performers of the world are going to perform an exquisite programme and offer the audience an unforgettable experience.
Orchestras in Residence
The grand opening of the festival as well as the two following days London’s Classical Opera pre-sents opera, symphonies and chamber music from Joseph Haydn, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Johann Baptist Vanhal. Conductor Ian Page and known soloists from Great Britain open the festi-val with Haydn’s opera buffa “La Canterina” (8.9.), tell the story of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” (9.9.) and bring a long a setting of English canzonettas and songs of Haydn (10.9.).
Adam Fischer and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra follow Classical Opera as orchestra in residence. Symphonies of Haydn and Dvořák and rather rare concertos like the contrabass concerto of Vanhal in D major with Ödön Rácz (11.9.) or Koželuch´s concerto ŕ quatre mains in B ma-jor with Ferhan and Ferzan Önder (16.9.) will be performed, to give a choice of their programme.
Every year the festival focuses on recital’s for different instruments – 2016 the Haydn Festival has a closer look at the piano. Piano recitals by Sebastian Knauer, accompanied by the Kammeror-chester Basel (10.9.), Ferhan and Ferzan Önder with Vanhal’s piano concerto ŕ quatre mains and the famous Dutch exceptional pianist Ronald Brautigam with the Kölner Akademie (17.9.) are part of the festival.
It is interesting to have a glance at the virtuosos that will be guests of the Haydn Festival. Interna-tional known musicians stay in September in Eisenstadt. Soprano Simone Kermes gives a song re-cital “Mahler & more” with The Clarinotts and Daniel Heide at the piano (12.9.). Four members of the Vienna Philharmonic, one member of the Berlin Philharmonic and add two extraordinarily gifted brothers: together they form one of the most sensational ensembles in the world of music – The Philharmonics, at concert on September 13th. Gábor Boldoczki and Sergei Nakariakov are the stars of the Trumpet Gala (15.9.): Haydn’s concerto for trumpet in Es major and works for trumpet of Neruda and Bellini are on the programme.
The entire work of the genius loci Joseph Haydn is always at the heart of the Haydn Festival. Be-sides the musical genre typical of Haydn’s work – such as the symphony and string quartet – sa-cred music is also performed. On Sundays in Mount Calvary Church and in the cathedral of Eisen-stadt his “Mariazeller Messe” and music for organ and trumpet are parts of the programme out-side of Esterházy Palace (11.9, 18.9.).
The matinées in the Empire hall are dedicated to the chamber music. The huge ranges of Joseph Haydn’s chamber music and of the bohemian composers determine the programme. Phoenix Baroque Austria honours Gregor Joseph Werner, Haydn’s predecessor as musical director at Es-terházy Palace, with a special concert on September 15th, to name one matinee.