Every September for over 20 years we visit this festival which we helped establish. For 2012 a programme with the theme of Haydn and Italy gives us the chance to hear some of the finest of European ensembles and soloists. Adam Fischer and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra perform a lovely Haydn opera and give the closing concert – ending with the “Farewell” Symphony as the obvious encore.
We stay in a fine modern hotel in the centre of Eisenstadt, home to Haydn and the Esterhazy family and little changed since their day. Indeed the Esterhazys have taken possession of their important baroque/neo-classical Palace which is being renovated along with the English garden behind.
We also visit Haydn’s birthplace at Rohrau, the summer palace at Eszterháza and scenes of his life and death in Vienna.
Accommodation with generous buffet breakfast is at the spacious modern 4* HOTEL BURGENLAND, in the centre of Eisenstadt and a short stroll from the concert venues and museums. The heated indoor swimming pool and sauna are available at no extra cost for the exclusive use of hotel guests. As well as a convenient hotel restaurant, Eisenstadt offers a wide choice of eating places and we have our nightly Stammtisch at a local tavern.
The orchestral concerts are given in the world-famous HAYDNSAAL of the ESTERHÁZY PALACE, which claims to have the best acoustics in Central Europe. Chamber recitals are in the more intimate surroundings of the neo-classical Empiresaal of the Palace.
|Cost : Ł 1,780 To include return scheduled flights - 5 nights bed-and-breakfast accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities - good tickets for all concerts - transfers and excursions. Single supplement Ł 120 Deposit Ł 300. |
Richard Wigmore (of Radio 3, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, author of new Haydn book) will give introductory talks about the music. Robert Avery accompanies the party. It is possible to fly out earlier or return later at no extra cost, but the holiday starts and ends at Vienna Airport.
14.05 departure of Austrian Airlines scheduled flight from Heathrow to Vienna. Short coach journey to EISENSTADT and the HOTEL BURGENLAND
EISENSTADT town walk, castle, Jewish quarter, Haydn house and museum|
19.30 AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN HAYDN ORCHESTRA Conductor Adam Fischer
Haydn L’isola disabitata semi-staged version of his very delightful 1779 opera
ROHRAU Birthplace and museum then all day in VIENNA Haydn house and museum, lunch at Esterházy Palace then free time for galleries and museums.|
19.30 BASEL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
Haydn Violin Concerto in G; Symphony No 55 “Il maestro di scuola”
10.00 – Haydn mass in full liturgical setting in the church where he is buried.|
Coach to Hungary –Burg Forchtenstein, Raiding (Liszt birthplace), Eszterháza Palace and Park.
19.30 Haydn Symphony No.53 "L’Imperiale"; Symphony No 89; Mozart Symphony No 10
Eisenstadt - Bergkirche where Haydn is buried, Jewish quarter. Free afternoon|
19.30 La Sfera Armoniosa Conductor Mike Fentross with Simone Kermes (soprano) and Sonia Prina (mezzo)
Handel / Porpora / Haydn Duets, arias and overtures
9.00 – Haydn mass in full liturgical setting|
11.00 AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN HAYDN ORCHESTRA Conductor Adam Fischer
Verdi Overture; Rossini Clarinet Concerto; Haydn Symphony No 101 Clock
Coach to Rust, boat across Lake Neusiedl and horse-drawn coach through reed beds of National Park. Lunch. The Andau Bridge - Schloss Halbturn and Vienna Airport for scheduled Austrian Airlines flight dep 17.15 arr Heathrow 18.35.