This holiday takes in three important, but very different, centres of culture in Austria. Starting in Vienna, and staying at the Imperial Hotel, we attend a Mass at the Imperial Court Chapel sung by the Vienna Boys' Choir, dine in some of the finest restaurants in the city, take a private bus tour, attend the Vienna State Opera's performance of Tosca, and make an excursion to Bösendorfer Piano Factory at Wiener Neustadt and to Eisenstadt where Haydn worked for the Esterhazy Family during the 18th century. Moving on to Salzburg, we visit Mozart's birthplace and residence, take a Sound of Music tour, and enjoy two dinners at the famous St Peter Stiftskeller and up at the Fortress overlooking the city, followed by a concert in the Goldenersaal. In Schwarzenberg with its glorious alpine setting, we enjoy chamber concerts at the annual Schubertiade as well as taking an excursion to Lindau and Bregenz, and a short cruise on Lake Constance.
SAT 16 JUN Fly from London Heathrow at 10hr55, arriving in Vienna at 13h25. Transfer to central Vienna to check into the Imperial Hotell. Dinner at the hotel.
SUN 17 JUN Morning service at the Imperial Court Chapel sung by the Vienna Boys' Choir, followed by private bus tour of the city including the Schönbrunn Palace. Dinner at the Weissen Rauchfangkehrer (White Chimney Sweep) restaurant.
MON 18 JUN To Wiener Neustadt for a private tour of the Bösendorfer Piano Factory before transferring to Eisenstadt for lunch followed by a private tour of the Esterhazy Palace including a short private song recital. After a visit to Haydn's House we return to Vienna for dinner at the Imperial Hotel.
TUE 19 JUN Private tour of the Musikverein with a recital in the Brahms Hall followed by a visit to the Central Cemetary and lunch under your own arrangements in the Naschmarkt. An afternoon at leisure with the option to join visits to Schubert's places of birth and death or to Heiligenstadt where Beethoven wrote his famous "Heiligenstadt Testament" in 1802. Early dinner at the Hotel Sacher (including, of course, a Sacher Torte for dessert!) before attending a performance of Verdi's Tosca at the Vienna State Opera.
WED 20 JUN Coach from Vienna to Salzburg where we have lunch on arrival at the Hotel Bristol. Afternoon tour of Salzburg including Mozart's Birthplace and Residence. In the late afternoon we take the cable car up to the Fortress overlooking Salzburg where we have dinner followed by a concert in the Goldener Saal.
THU 21 JUN A private "Sound of Music" tour in the morning which includes visits to the Leopoldskron, and Schloss Hellbrun with its ancient "Trick Fountains" before journeying out of the city to the Salzkammergut region to see the beautiful lakes and have lunch under your own arrangements in the picturesque town of Mondsee where, in the film, the Baron and Maria were married. Back to Salzburg for a free afternoon followed by dinner in the oldest restaurant in the city, the St Peter Stiftskeller, where we will have our own private room and enjoy a recital.
FRI 22 JUN Coach from Salzburg to Dornbirn, stopping for lunch in Innsbruck en route. Afternoon check-in at the Four Points Sheraton in Dornbirn followed by dinner in the hotel.
SAT 23 JUN Morning walking tour of Lindau followed by the short cruise across Lake Constance to Bregenz where we will have some time to view the set of the opera Carmen before lunch under your own arrangements and a return to the hotel. Afternoon transfer to Schwarzenberg for afternoon and evening recitals in the Angelika-Kauffman-Saal with dinner in between.
SUN 24 JUN A choice in the morning of visiting Hohennems and the Schubert, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge Museums, the latter containing many interesting letters between Legge and several of the leading conductors and artists with whom he worked during his time as record producer for EMI, or a morning recital in Schwarzenberg. Afternoon and evening recitals in Schwarzenberg with dinner in between.
MON 25 JUN Coach from Dornbirn to Zurich via St Gallen where we will have lunch together at a restaurant in the old town before travelling on to Zurich airport for the 18h40 flight to London Heathrow, arriving 19h30.
In Vienna and Salzburg there will be four short recitals by Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, and Tyler Wottrich, piano, finalists in the recent Wigmore Hall Song Competition and winners of the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. Clara and Tyler will be travelling with the group and will perform on the evening of our arrival in Vienna at the Imperial Hotel on Saturday 16 June, the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt on Monday 18 June, the Brahms Hall of the Musikverein on Tuesday 19 June, and at St Peter Stiftskeller in Salzburg on Thursday 21 June. They will perform songs by Schubert and others.
19 JUN 19.30 Vienna State Opera
Marco Armiliato, conductor
Margarethe Wallmann, director
Catherine Naglestad (soprano), Tosca
Aleksandrs Antonenko (tenor), Cavaradossi
Andrzej Dobber (baritone), Scaria
20 JUN 20.30 CONCERT: SALZBURGER MOZART ENSEMBLE
GOLDENER SAAL, FORTRESS, SALZBURG
Programme to include works by Mozart, Haydn and Johann Strauss
23 JUN 16.00 CONCERT: MANDERLING QUARTET, NABIL SHEHATA (DOUBLE BASS), LARA RUIZ FERRERES (CLARINET), SIBYLLE MAHNI (HORN), BENCE BOGÁNYI (BASSOON)
ALL CONCERTS IN SCHWARZENBERG IN THE ANGELIKA-KAUFFMANN-SAAL
Schubert String Quartet in A minor (Rosamunde), D804
Schubert Octet in F, D803
23 JUN 20.00 RECITAL: MAURO PETER (TENOR), HELMUT DEUTSCH (PIANO)
Schubert An Silvia, Stimme der Liebe (D 412), Dass sie hier gewesen, Über Wildemann, Die Liebe hat gelogen, Wanderers Nachtlied I, Im Frühling, Die Sterne (D 939), Hoffnung (D 637), Fischerweise, Auf der Bruck
Liszt Im Rhein, im schöne Strome; Es war ein König in Thule, Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, Die stille Wasserrose, Ihr Glocken von Marling, Die drei Zigeuner; Tre Sonetti del Petrarca (Benedetto sia l'giorno, Pace non trovo, I' vidi in terra angelico costumi)
24 JUN 11.00 CONCERT: ARMIDA QUARTET, JÖRG WIDMAN, CLARINET
A Scarlatti Sonata a quattro in D minor
Weber Clarient Quintet in B flat, Op 34
Schubert String Quartet in G, D887
24 JUN 16.00 RECITAL:TILL FELLNER (PIANO)
Schubert Sechs Moments musicaux, D 780
Schubert Wanderer Fantasy in C, D760
Schubert Sonata in C, D840 (Reliquie)
Schubert Sonata in A minor, D784
24 JUN 20.00 RECITAL: THOMAS HAMPSON (BARITONE), WOLFRAM RIEGER (PIANO)
Schubert An die Leier, Der entsühnte Orest, Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, Memnon, Der zürnenden Diana, Fahrt zum Hades, Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, Freiwilliges Versinken, Strophe aus "Die Götter Griechenlands"
Berg Seven Early Songs
Mahler Five Rückert Lieder
16 June London Heathrow – Vienna dep 10.55 arr 13.25
25 June Zurich – London Heathrow dep 18.55 arr 19.45
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arrange on request.
Price per person
Tour price: Price on application to stephen [at] carpenterholidays.com
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Tour price includes: Accommodation, breakfast daily, nine dinners and four lunches with wine, best tickets for each included performance, concert programmes, all sightseeing trips as described, all flights and coach transportation, the services of Stephen Carpenter as tour manager.
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