Herrenchiemsee Festival 15 to 27 July 2014 | Son et lumière (February 2014)

In the late summer of 1884 – 130 years ago – King Ludwig II fulfilled a dream that had long fascinated him. He decided to use the park of his castle on Herrenchiemsee Island as a setting of a mesmerising gesamtkunstwerk of music, architecture, nature, illumination and water: the huge construction site around the castle was concealed behind the backdrop of a painted park, a freight train from Holland brought bushes and flowers and the electrical engineer Alois Zettler designed what was presumably the first open air show lighting system in world history, installing a myriad of synchronised coloured lights. Karl Lautenschläger, the head technician of the Munich Court Theatre, wrote sophisticated stage directions for light and sound for the installation.

With this year’s motto ‘Son et lumière’, the Herrenchiemsee Festival would like to commemorate the anniversary of this event. The Festival will use musical means to reflect all the aspects that once fired the king’s imagination: serenades and night musics, acoustic images of nature from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ to Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ and landscape impressions from Berlioz’s symphony ‘Harold in Italy’ to Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ symphony. And in terms of music drama, the range spans from the celebration of light and freedom in Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ to the enchantments of fairies and goblins in Mendelssohn’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

This year the festival will welcome the Venice Baroque Orchestra & Giuliano Carmignola (violin & conductor), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Joseph Swensen, the Sofia Symphonics under Ljubka Biagioni, Le Concert des Nations conducted by Jordi Savall as well as the Chamber Orchestras Munich and Basel & Christian Zacharias (piano & conductor). Intendant Enoch zu Guttenberg leads his Orchester der KlangVerwaltung and the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern in several concerts.

15 July, 7.00 p.m.    Denn es will Abend werden
Münster Frauenchiemsee
Bach: Four Cantatas
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6
Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42
Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31
Sibylla Rubens – Soprano, Olivia Vermeulen – Alto
Daniel Johannsen – Tenor, Klaus Mertens – Bass
Chamber Choir and Orchestra KlangVerwaltung, Conductor: Enoch zu Guttenberg

16 July, 7.00 p.m.    Vesperae solennes 
Münster Frauenchiemsee
Lechner: Magnificat primi toni
Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus “di Praga” RV 595
Mangon: Salve Regina
Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore KV 339
Augsburger Domsingknaben
Münchener Kammerorchester

17 July, 7.00 p.m.    A Midsummer Night’s Dream     
Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Klaus Maria Brandauer – Speaker
Susanne Bernhard – Soprano, Sarah Ferede – Mezzosoprano
Women’s choir of Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern
Orchestra KlangVerwaltung, Conductor: Enoch zu Guttenberg

18 July, 7.00 p.m.    Fidelio
19 July, 7.00 p.m.    Fidelio

Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in Two Acts (semi-staged)
Jochen Kupfer – Don Pizarro, Moritz Gogg – Don Fernando
Jörg Dürmüller – Florestan, Susanne Bernhard – Leonore
Sibylla Rubens – Marzelline, Daniel Johannsen – Jaquino
Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern – Orchestra KlangVerwaltung
Conductor: Enoch zu Guttenberg

20 July, 7.00 p.m.    Rhenish Symphony 

Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Honegger: Pastorale d’été
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
Henry Raudales – Violin
Orchestra KlangVerwaltung, Conductor: Dirk Joeres

21 July, 7.00 p.m.    The Four Seasons      

Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Vivaldi: Sinfonia for Strings in G major
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings in G major “Alla Rustica”
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E minor
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E flat major “La Tempesta di Mare”
Vivaldi: Four Concertos for Violin and Orchestra, op. 8 “The Four Seasons”
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Conductor and Violin: Giuliano Carmignola

22 July, 7.00 p.m.    Eine kleine Nachtmusik       
Unvollendetes Treppenhaus Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Boccherini: “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid” op. 30/6
Haydn: String Quartet in F major, op. 3/5 “Serenade Quartet”
Holliger: String Quartet No 2
Mozart: Serenade in G major, KV 525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
Selected texts from “Nachtwachen von Bonaventura”
Gerd Anthoff – Speaker
Members of the KlangVerwaltung

23 July, 7.00 p.m.    Pastoral      
Spiegelsaal  Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Mozart: Serenade in D major, “Posthorn Serenade”
Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”
Alexander Janiczek – Violin
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Joseph Swensen

24 July, 7.00 p.m.    Harold in Italy    
Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Berlioz: “Harold in Italy”, op. 16
Strauss: Selected Songs for Orchestra & Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier”
Sofia Symphonics, Conductor: Ljubka Biagioni

25 July, 7.00 p.m.    Tempest, Night and Celebration
Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Locke: Music for “The Tempest”
Lully: La Feste Marine (from “Alceste”)
Marais: Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons, Tempête (from “Alcione”)
Rebel: Les Eléments
Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor “La Notte” RV 439
Rameau: Orage, tonnerre et tremblement de terre (from “Les Boréades”)
Le Concert des Nations, Conductor: Jordi Savall

26 July, 7.00 p.m.    L‘Arlésienne  
Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes
Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 24 in C minor, KV 491
Bizet: Incidental music for “L’Arlésienne” (original version,) op. 23
Kammerorchester Basel, Piano and musical direction: Christian Zacharias

27 July, 7.00 p.m.    Dem lieben Gott gewidmet 

Spiegelsaal Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor
Bruckner: Ave Maria
Bruckner: Te Deum in C major
Susanne Bernhard – Soprano, Sarah Ferede – Mezzosoprano
Jörg Dürmüller – Tenor, Andreas Bauer – Bass
Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern – Orchestra  KlangVerwaltung
Conductor: Enoch zu Guttenberg


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