Welcome

Dear friends of chamber music,

 

This eighth edition of our festival focuses on the music of Franz Schubert and a number of recent works by the Swiss composer Ursina Maria Braun, thus continuing our tradition of programming concerts that strike a balance between the classical and contemporary chamber music repertoires. Schubert's music itself bridged the gap between two different styles, charting a path away from the ideal of classical perfection towards a highly personal and romantic musical language.

 

Historically inspired performances and contemporary arrangements will reveal the three great song cycles (Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin, Schwanengesang) in a new light and prove that Schubert's music is far more than just a product of its time: it stands as a magnificent, timeless legacy. The world-class tenor Julian Prégardien, Artiste Étoile of the 2022 festival, will take us on a transcendent four-day tour of the peaks and chasms of human sensitivity.

 

The work of our Composer & Artiste in Residence, Ursina Maria Braun, is characterised by powerful contrasts, flashes of humour and glimpses into the abyss, virtuoso passages and moments of silence. This exciting and highly sensitive voice in modern composing will also perform and improvise on her cello with 21 renowned musicians from eight countries. Their combined impulse will create a violent musical earthquake, with the castle at its epicentre, that will resonate far beyond Brunegg and the borders of Switzerland.

 

After two years of Covid and despite a backdrop of horrific war in the heart of Europe, we look forward to this chance to build bridges, forge better understanding and bring joy through music.

 

We will be delighted to welcome you to the festival.

 

Yours sincerely,

Jürg Dähler