The Salzburg Easter Festival starts tomorrow – in the middle of autumn. Because of the pandemic, the organizers of the festival decided to have a reduced program on four days at an unusual time of the year. There is no scenic production. Instead, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden will play a concert every day until November 2nd, three times under the direction of its chief conductor Christian Thielemann.
Mozart’s “Requiem” is on the program to kick off. Guest conductor Daniele Gatti will organize the second evening. Hilary Hahn plays Mozart’s A major violin concerto. You can also hear Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s “Sea Calm and Happy Journey” and Robert Schumann’s 3rd Symphony.
The concert on Sunday is entitled “Winterstürme”. Excerpts from Wagner’s “Ring” operas “Walküre” and “Götterdämmerung” will be performed. Thielemann and the Sächsische Staatskapelle then set a high point on All Saints’ Day with Denis Matsuev, who plays Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto.
Return to normal is planned for 2022
Next year, the Easter Festival should go back to normal. In his farewell year, Thielemann is conducting a new production of Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin”. The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden plays the 7th Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich under guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev.
Then the big change in Salzburg is due when Nikolaus Bachler, who will be entrusted with overall artistic responsibility from next year, has announced a realignment and expansion in 2023. This also includes the end of the contract with the Saxon State Orchestra under Thielemann.