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May 22 , 2006

ECM at Ittingen and Mondsee

Two of the most important chamber music festivals in the German speaking lands are the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte held at Ittingen in Switzerland and Austria’s „Musiktage Mondsee“.

The Ittingen Festival from June 2 – 5 is once again under the artistic direction of Heinz Holliger and András Schiff, and its programme is characteristically broad. However, highlighted themes include the Art of the Lied, with a special focus on Robert Schumann, and The Motet, with reference to the influence and example of Guillaume de Machaut. A number of musicians associated with ECM are featured, in addition to the artistic directors: the Rosamunde Quartett, the Hilliard Ensemble, Miklós Perényi, Yuuko Shiokawa, Juliane Banse, and Ursula Holliger.

On June 4, the Hilliard Ensemble plays a program of Machaud’s motets, and Heinz Holliger plays Kurtág’s “In Nomine” for solo English Horn. For full details of the program that also includes performances of music by Lutoslawski, Bartók, Janacek, Berg, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Dowland, Shostakovich and others, visit the website of the Stiftung Kartause Ittingen: www.kartause.ch

This year, for the first time, the Musiktage Mondsee are under the artistic direction of Austrian cellist Heinrich Schiff, a musician who also makes his ECM debut this fall in a duet recital disc with Frank Peter Zimmermann, playing Honegger, Ravel, Martinú, and more.
Musicians featured in this year’s festival, from August 27 to September 03, include composer/pianist Thomas Larcher and the Hagen, Auryn, and Rosamunde Quartets. Larchergives the World Premiere performance of his “Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano”, commissioned for the Musiktage Mondsee, and pieces from his new album “Ixxu” (released in September) will also be heard, including “Ixxu” itself, “Cold Farmer”, “My Illness is the Medicine I Need” and “Mumien”. The range of the rest of the programme extends from Mozart to Messiaen.
Further details at: www.musiktage-mondsee.at