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Salzburg Festival

The WFMT Radio Network is offering live performances from the Salzburg Festival.  Salzburg Festival 2013 celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, as well as the centennial of the birth of Benjamin Britten.

The world's first international music festival and the most renowned, the Salzburg Festival this year continues its over 90-year history of producing and presenting great orchestras, soloists, opera, and theatre in the historic and picturesque Austrian town where Mozart was born. 

This year's highlights include the Vienna Philharmonic in performances of Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Riccardo Muti, as well as in Bruckner's Symphony No. 5, with Christian Thielemann on the podium, and a substantial excerpt from Wagner's only comedy, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Daniele Gatti.  Britten's War Requiem is performed by the chorus and orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecelia, with soloists Anna Netrebko, soprano, Ian Bostridge, tenor and Thomas Hampson, baritone, led by Antonio Pappano. Of course orchestral music of Mozart will be included in two "Mozart Matinee' concerts, with the Mozarteum Orchestra led by Ingo Metzmacher as well as its principal conductor Ivor Bolton. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff joins the ORF Orchestra, with conductor Cornelius Meister, for the Austrian premiere of the Violin Concerto by British composer Harrison Birtwistle, whose music was heard in many concerts during the Festival. 

Chamber music highlights include a performance by the Simon Bolivar String Quartet, who are all members of that remarkable Venezuelan orchestra which appeared at the Festival with its music director Gustavo Dudamel. Other soloists include soprano Dorothea Röschmann, violinist Frank Stadler, baritones Michael Volle and Christian Gerhaher, and many others. 

In addition, stations have the option of taking Haydn's early Oratorio, Il ritorno di Tobia, with vocal soloists, the Orchestra La Scintilla and conductor Nicholas Harnoncourt.

Salzburg Festival 2013 will include commentary by conductors, administrators and performers at this year's Festival, as well as conversations with concert-goers and critics from around the globe. The world's stars have been drawn to Salzburg for decades, not only for the large-scale concerts in the Grosses Festspielhaus and Felsenreitschule, but for the intimacy and acoustic excellence of the historic Golden Hall of the Mozarteum and the Haus für Mozart. 

We know you will want to join us for this rare opportunity to visit this remarkable festival, Salzburg Festival 2013!

This series is available free of charge to all stations January 1 thru July 31, 2014.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email:
or Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email:

Broadcast Schedule - Winter 2014

Please Note:  This is a first draft of the Salzburg series releasing January 1, 2014.  These programs will be 2 hours in length, and as we post-produce, more music will be added.
These are not the final listings.  More to come!

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-01  
RELEASE:  January 1, 2014

Title:   Mozart Matinee

CONDUCTOR: Ingo Metzmacher
ORCHESTRA: Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Mozart:  Six German Dances, K. 571    
Ives:   Four Ragtime Dances     
Stravinsky:  Dances concertantes     
Mozart:  Serenade No. 5 in D, K. 204
March, K. 215  (Frank Stadler, violin)

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-02
RELEASE:  January 8, 2014

SOLOISTS:  Simon Bolivar String Quartet: Alejandro Carreño, violin; Boris Suárez, violin;  Ismel Campos, viola; Aimon Mata, cello

Ginastera:  String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20    
Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110  
Ravel:    String Quartet in F      
J.S. Bach/arr.  Birtwistle  Contrapunctus XVII from The Art of Fugue

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-03
RELEASE:  January 15, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Riccardo Muti
SOLOISTS:  Krassimia Stoyanova, soprano; El?na Garan?a, mezzo soprano; Piotr Becza?a, tenor; Dmitry Belosselskiy, bass; Concert Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Johannes Prinz, director
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Philharmonic

Verdi:    Messa da Requiem

Salzburg Festival
Retrospective: Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-04
RELEASE:  January 22, 2014      

CONDUCTOR: Christian Thielemann
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Philharmonic [from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg]

Bruckner:  Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat    

Salzburg Festival
Retrospective: Vienna Philharmonic playing Wagner (from 50 Years of Grosses Festspielhaus CD set)

CONDUCTOR: Herbert von Karajan
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Philharmonic

Wagner:  a piece chosen from one of the following:  
Overture to Tannhäuser    
Siegfried Idyll  Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde  

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-05
RELEASE:  January 29, 2014

WAGNER:  Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
 Act II, Scene 2 (finale) from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 
Hans Sachs  Michael Volle
Walther von Stolzing Roberto Saccá 
Sixtus Beckmesser Markus Weba
Eva   Anna Gabler
David   Peter Sonn
Veit Pogner  George Zeppenfeld

CONDUCTOR: Daniele Gatti
CHORUS:  Concert Chorus of the Vienna State Opera 
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Philharmonic

Title:   Mozart Matinee

CONDUCTOR: Ivor Bolton, principal conductor
ORCHESTRA: Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg

Haydn:   Symphony No. 104 in D, London, Hob. I:104

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-06
RELEASE:  February 5, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Antonio Pappano
SOLOISTS:  Anna Netrebko, soprano; Ian Bostridge, tenor; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecelia, Rome; Salzburg Festival and Theater Children's Chorus (from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg)
ORCHESTRA: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecelia, Rome

Britten:    War Requiem, Op. 66 

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-07
RELEASE:  February 12, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Nicholas Harnoncourt
ORCHESTRA: Orchestra La Scintilla
Haydn:   Overture to Il ritorno di Tobia

Title:   Mozart Matinee

CONDUCTOR: Ivor Bolton, principal conductor
ORCHESTRA: Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg
Mozart:   Symphony No. 34

SOLOISTS:  Christian Gerhaher, baritone; Gerold Huber, piano
Robert Schumann: Sechs Gesänge, Op. 107
Dichterliebe, Op. 48

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-08
RELEASE:  February 19, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Cornelius Meister
SOLOISTS:  Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Dorothea Röschmann, soprano
ORCHESTRA: ORF Symphony Orchestra

Smetana:   Bartered Bride, Overture (Mahler version)
Birtwistle:    Violin Concerto (Austrian premiere)
Mahler:   Symphony No. 4 in G Major 

PROGRAM #:  SAL 14-09
RELEASE:  February 26, 2014

This is an optional BONUS PROGRAM which will run approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

HAYDN:   Il ritorno di Tobia (Oratorio)

Sara:   Valentina Farcas, soprano
Raffaelle  Sen Guo, soprano
Anna   Ann Hallenberg, mezzo soprano
Tobia   Mauro Peter, tenor
Tobit   Ruben Drole, baritone

CONDUCTOR: Nicholas Harnoncourt
CHOIR:  Arnold Schönberg Choir, Erwin Ortner, director (Felsenreitschule)
ORCHESTRA: Orchestra La Scintilla

Approx. Length: 2 hours 45 minutes