LaCetra Barockorchester, © Martin Chiang2
La Cetra Barockorchester, © Martin Chiang

Musical journey through time at the founding site of Klosters

On 4 August, virtuoso recorder player Maurice Steger, in dialogue with soprano Nuria Rial and the Basle-based La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel lets the audience immerse themselves deep in the history of Klosters: mystical sounds, the splendour of the Renaissance and the sensual worlds of the Baroque unfold 400 years of musical history in a wealth of tonal colours and effects.

First documented in 1222, only the Romanesque church tower remains of the original building of the former Premonstratensian monastery “Klösterli im Walt”. However, the church dedicated to St. Jacob, the actual founding site of Klosters, still captivates visitors today with its unique atmosphere, which is further emphasised by the stained glass windows surrounding Augusto Giacometti’s “Jacob’s Dream”. Another gem is the baroque house organ from 1686, which continues to delight organists and listeners alike. The outstanding acoustics of the church and the magnificent Goll organ built in 2018, with its 28 stops make St. Jakob a unique venue for organ concerts, solo evenings and historical music. Klosters Music pauses to enjoy the spirit of the founding years within its historic walls.

Maurice Steger about the specially for Klosters Music created programme: “The early baroque music of Monteverdi, Merula, Fontana and Castello could not spread more joie de vivre – a feast full of solid virtuosity! The anticipation of returning to Klosters is huge. For me, this is where relaxation and experiencing the breathtaking landscape are combined with the concentrated work on the music, feelings of home and enjoyment on all levels.”