Vincent Dumestre © Jean-Baptiste Millot (Ausschnitt)
Resonanzen «Music trumps all»
19th until 27th January 2019
From the ancient legend of Orpheus to Otto Lechner’s touching anecdote of a canary that dances itself to death on listening to the «Snow Waltz», history is full of examples of the potency of – as Hofmannsthal called it – the «holy art» of music. George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell both dedicated two of their most glorious works Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of church music. And these two works will be performed by The Sixteen and Le Poème Harmonique at the opening and closing concerts of the 27th edition of the Resonanzen festival, which this time carries the motto «Music trumps all». Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players pay tribute to «Orpheus Britannicus» Purcell, whose 350 birthday falls in 2019, with a performance of his semi-opera «King Arthur». Among the other illustrious guests are Paul O’Dette, Linde Brunmayr-Tutz and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, as well as ensembles such as Ensembles Beauty Farm and La fonte musica. They all have a trump card up their sleeve when the engimatic power of music takes centre stage at the Resonanzen 2019.