Sehnsucht Natur. Musical Landscapes
Klosters Music celebrates its 5th anniversary in 2023 with masterpieces, old faithfuls and new exciting personalities
After the “Zeitreise. A Musical Journey” at the last festival, Klosters Music in 2023 is entirely dedicated to nature. Joseph Haydn’s powerful oratorio “The Creation” meets Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons”. Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, also known as “Pastorale” for its musical expressions of nature, is in the same programme as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s concert overture “The Hebrides”. For artistic director David Whelton, however, the reference to nature goes deeper. “The motto Sehnsucht Natur. Musical Landscapes also describes the personal feelings of the audience and the artists when they experience the magnificent Alpine panorama in Klosters”.
Pure joie de vivre
The opening concert (29.7), entitled “Joie de Vivre”, presents the French soprano Julie Fuchs who will celebrate her vocal artistry with arias by Gioachino Rossini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She will be accompanied by the Camerata Salzburg conducted by Daniel Cohen. The performance of Joseph Haydn’s large-scale oratorio “The Creation” with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Chorus and three vocal soloists under the direction of Giovanni Antonini is the second highlight of the opening weekend (30.7). After her impressive debut with Johannes Brahms’ violin concerto at the last festival, Arabella Steinbacher returns to Klosters with Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (3.8.). The fact that the Kammerakademie Potsdam accompanying her will also bring Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s String Symphony No. 12 in G minor and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major to Klosters makes the evening a real highlight in the festival programme.
Clarinet happiness and Stradivari sound
Andreas Ottensamer, solo clarinettist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, interprets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s well-known clarinet concerto (5.8.). The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen by his side has already demonstrated its international class several times at the festival. With its vibrant complete recording of all Beethoven symphonies, the orchestra has enthralled the experts. It will be interesting to see how the Bremen orchestra under the young Finnish conductor Tarmo Peltokoski will bring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” to life. Veronika Eberle, Antoine Tamestit and Sol Gabetta form a string trio in a class of its own. The fact that all three play on valuable instruments from the St. Gallen Habisreutinger Stradivari Foundation makes the concert on 4 August something very special. With the piano recital “At the still point of the turning world” by Sir András Schiff on 6 August, which concludes the festival, Klosters Music continues a precious tradition.
Special concert formats
Klosters Music also offers special concert formats. After the sell-out evenings with “Cinema Paradiso” and “Singin’ in the Rain” in recent years, the festival is again creating a delightful connection between music and film in the coming edition. This time the focus is on three silent films by Charlie Chaplin (including “The Rink”) and Buster Keaton. The City Light Chamber Orchestra brings the fascination of the silent film era back to life with live film music. In the unique ambience of the historic church of St. Jacob, Immanuel Richter (trumpet) and Rudolf Lutz (organ) present “Celestial Fanfares” (2.8.). We can assume that this time too audience requests will be taken into consideration in the organ improvisations. A family concert is on the programme for the first time in the old school building with the “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (31.7.). The Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden ensures that the musical quality is just right. Because also in its anniversary year 2023 Klosters Music will remain the summit meeting for musical delights.