Easter festivals of Europe
Europe has now opened a traditional Easter markets and flower markets, and many European cities have hosted the April arts festivals are also timed to the holiday. The most famous, perhaps, is the Salzburg Easter festival. This year it will be held from 16 to 25 April.
The Salzburg festival is one of the most exclusive and prestigious events in the field of classical music. The hometown of Mozart traditionally the festival takes the famous Berlin Philharmonic orchestra under the baton of famous conductor sir Simon rattle.
The main event of the festival promises to be a production of “Salome” by Richard Strauss, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Stefan Harima. Herheim is not the first time brings his work to this festival. Norwegian, living and working in Berlin, was memorable for the guests of the Salzburg its controversial production of “the Abduction from the seraglio” by Mozart, conducted in 2003. Probably a new production will be no less provocative. Premiere one-act “Salome” in French play by Oscar Wilde, translated into German by the poet Hedwiges Lachmann, took place in 1905 and was accompanied by a resounding scandal. All and plays, and illustrations of Beardsley, and the very sensual and hysterical music of Strauss was too decadent, licentious, Victorian taste of the viewer of that era.
Major milestones of the program, in addition to Strauss, following. In a concert performance under the baton of conductor from Venezuela Gustavo Dudamel will perform “the Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky and “Seven early songs” of Alban Berg (solo mezzo-soprano Christian Station). The program also includes Maurice Ravel’s “Scheherazade”; Concerto for violin a minor op. 82 by Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2 in e minor op.27 [sing mezzo-soprano Rinat the Shahs and Julia Fischer (violin), Arnold Schoenberg, “Waiting for the PR. 17”; Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor [sings angel Denoke (soprano).
In addition to Salzburg, music lovers can enjoy this spring in Krakow, Warsaw, Prague, Lucerne and Vienna.
In Poland, from 9 to 22 April, is the Beethoven festival.
This year’s theme is “Beethoven and the eternal feminine”. The festival will be held in Krakow eponymous exhibition, which can be, for example, to see the subtle traces of female hands in the works of Brahms and Schumann, as well as to get acquainted with a little-known now Polish composers Maria Zimanowski and Teklai Badarzewska.
The festival, in addition to Ludwig van Beethoven, will feature Franz Liszt (whose bicentenary is celebrated this year in Europe), Gustav Mahler (this year marks one hundred years since his death), Johannes Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and other composers. Special guest will be American orchestra chamber music, The Fine Arts Quartet, who will be speaking at the opening of the exhibition in the National Museum.
Spring music festival will be held in Prague from 19 to 30 April. All festival concerts will take place in the most famous music halls of the city: the Church of St. Simon and Jude, Hall of the municipal house, Smetana and dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum. In addition to the mandatory Dvorak and Bach, Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, this year the program of jazz music performed by the Prague Jazz Quintet. Guest of the festival will be the Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, who will perform Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Frank Martin.
In Lucerne, Switzerland from 9th to 17th of April will be Easter arts festival, which will feature the Chamber orchestra of Europe under the baton of Bernard Haitink Symphony, the Bavarian radio Symphony orchestra under Mariss Jansons and the brilliant Japanese pianist Mitsuko ISIS.
By the way, one of the best hotels in Lucerne, Palace Luzern is situated very close to the venue, which will host the festival, prepared for the guests of the festival a very tempting special offer called Spa & Sounds. The offer includes a ticket to one of the concerts of the festival, accommodation in the hotel for two nights and SPA treatments. The offer is valid from 8 to 18 April (cost: CHF 882 per person).
While in Vienna for the holiday is timed to the Easter market at schönbrunn Palace, which will run from 9 to 25 April. In the market you can buy traditional Austrian Easter decorations, and taste the local wines and dishes.
Provided and music program: this year in the style of jazz and soul for guests 17, 23, 24, 25 April in the fresh air will play teams Vienna Jazz Serenaders, Vienna Jazz Duo Plus, Borderland Dixieband and 5 in Love.