Ensemble Philharmonix bei Klosters Music 2022, © Marcel Giger

Exhilarating concerts ensure standing ovations at Klosters Music. 

“Although Bengal fireworks are forbidden in the canton of Graubünden, I can nonetheless promise you musical fireworks today,” said Heinz Brand, President of the Music & Art Foundation, Klosters, in his welcome speech on yesterday’s National Day. And Philharmonix set off the first rocket in the well-filled concert hall of Klosters Arena with the oriental overture freely adapted from Mozart. “Odessa Bulgar” is a rousing klezmer. Even the rock number “Don’t Stop Me Now” by the cult band Queen is mellowed down by Philharmonix. Standing ovations like at the opening concert, even though the latter was of a more classical tone. Fire and passion could nevertheless be felt in abundance as the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and the Münchener Kammerorchester performed Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell” and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s “Italian Symphony”, setting the hall ablaze. In Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Francesco Piemontesi showed himself to be a true poet at the piano. The debut of the Freiburger Barockorchester was equally impressive: expressive, virtuosic, dynamic. The soloist Francesco Corti, who made the harpsichord sing in Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-known D minor concerto, was also outstanding.