View of Salzburg in snow
Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg
Mozart Statue on Mozartplatz in Salzburg © Tourismus Salzburg
Experience a specially chosen selection of Mozart’s music in the glorious setting of Salzburg
Hear from celebrated international performers of Mozart, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Sir András Schiff, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Hagen Quartet
Enjoy an extraordinary semi-staged performance of La clemenza di Tito with Le Concert des Nations conducted by Jordi Savall
“Unforgettable concerts - I feel privileged to have been there”
- ACE customer on a previous Mozart Festival in Salzburg tour
“Many a child prodigy has been unable to fulfil the promise of [their] talented beginnings. Many a great master achieved nothing transcendental in the tender years of [their] life. Mozart… is the ultimate example of the greatest accomplishments in both phases”
- Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director of the Mozart Festival in Salzburg
Building on its remarkable legacy of excellent performances over many festivals, the annual ‘Mozart Week’ returns for what promises to be a truly joyful celebration of the composer’s work both as a young prodigy and great master. Artistic Director Rolando Villazón invites audiences back to “share with you the light and the unique art of our beloved Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”.
We have specially designed this tour to include a wide variety of performances, from great operatic and orchestral works to more intimate chamber concerts.
We commence with what promises to be an outstanding concert with Sir András Schiff leading the Cappella Andrea Barca from the keyboard in performances of Mozart’s piano concertos No 23 in A major and No 27 in Bb major, in a programme also boasting Symphony No 40, the ‘Great G minor symphony’, one of the composer’s most admired works.
Our arrival in the city of Mozart’s birth continues in fine style as the great Spanish conductor Jordi Savall takes to the podium for a semi-staged performance of La clemenza di Tito, performed by Le Concert des Nations at the Felsenreitschule.
We then enjoy some more intimate music with a recital by the celebrated Hagen Quartet featuring pieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Haydn’s Op 76 is amongst his most renowned works and the quartet will play No 2, the ‘Fifths’, monikered after the opening falling perfect fifths. Mozart dedicated his String Quartet No 15 in D minor to Haydn, and this work will be contrasted with Beethoven’s late quartet, No 14 in C# minor.
Ádám Fischer will conduct the Danish Chamber Orchestra in a concert comparing the music of Mozart and Salieri, with the latter being represented by his Sinfonia in D major ‘La Veneziane’. Soprano Olga Peretyatko joins the orchestra for a selection of arias before the evening concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No 36 (the ‘Linz’).
At the Grosses Festspielhaus we will be captivated by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Lahav Shani with guest soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) and Michael Barenboim (viola). Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra promises to be a moving experience, and the evening concludes with all the tension and drama of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. On our final night we will be treated to a concert performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, led by Kirill Gerstein from the piano and including Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2 in Bb major.
Uncovering Salzburg’s musical heritage, we will explore Mozart’s birthplace and his early home, the Wohnhaus, and enjoy a unique private tour of original manuscripts, guided by an archivist of the Mozarteum. Our tour also includes a visit to the 17th century Residenz – the sumptuous home of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg, where Mozart performed as a boy – and an excursion to visit the Kaiservilla, summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
We will stay at the four-star superior Hotel Imlauer Pitter Salzburg, a pleasant and comfortable establishment ideally placed for exploring the main sites on our tour. The hotel is home to the superb Sky Bar & Restaurant, where we will enjoy some of our dinners.
Tour Director Professor Ashley Solomon is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, and Director of early music ensemble Florilegium. As a flautist and recorder player with Florilegium he has recorded 35 CDs on the Dutch Channel Classics label, many of which have garnered international awards. Florilegium have performed over 1300 concerts worldwide, including many at London’s Wigmore Hall.
To watch Jordi Savall conducting Mozart for Le Concert des Nations at Carnegie Hall watch the video below:
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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, performances as described, six breakfasts, one lunch, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.
Not Included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £480.