If you've never been to the Schubertiade think of a pretty village (with it's own cablecar) in the Austrian Bregenzerwald, surrounded by beautiful scenery of the Voralberg; a charming family run hotel with excellent food (that Maestro clients have been enjoying for the past 20 years); fresh air, lovely walks, cable cars and wonderful leider recitals and chamber music in Schwarzenberg just 15 minutes away by Schubertiade coach.
The Schubertiade takes place twice each summer in the nearby town of Schwarzenberg in the beautiful setting of the Angelika Kauffman Concert Hall with concerts at 11am, 4pm & 8pm most days. The local villages have organised an excellent Schubertiade coach transfer service for all concerts and you will be transfered from the church in Bezau (just 5 minutes walk from the Sonne) 40 minutes prior to each concert and back again afterwards.
This year we have included five concerts (including two concerts featuring the late Beethoven Quartets with the world renowned Emerson String Quartet; Mezzo-Soprano Elisabeth Kulman with a programme of Schumann, Schubert & Reiter leider; a recital by the outstanding Polish tenor Piotr Beczala accompanied by Helmut Deutsch and finally an Octet of truly outstanding musicians including violinist Baiba Skride, cello & viola players Clemens & Veronika Hagen and on clarinet, Andreas Ottensamer perfoming Antonín Dvořák, String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 and Franz Schubert's Octet in F major,.
Optional concerts include piano recitals with Christian Zacharias (4pm, 27th) and Igor Levit (8pm, 28th) and a leider recital with soprano Marlis Petersen (4pm, 30th). Details are shown below and if you prefer to add or substitute one of these concerts for the five above let us know on your Booking Form.
Gasthof Sonne in Bezau is your base for six nights with direct flights from Manchester and Heathrow to Zurich included as well as private coach transfers from Zurich to Bezau and back. 20kg baggage and reserved seats included.
Die Sonne, in classic Austrian gasthof style, is run by Andrea & Christian Meusburger - the third generation of the same family. The hotel features:
- true single rooms with single bed
- double rooms for sole use
- double/twins for two. Please note that the double/twins are made up with a double bedframe and two mattresses.
Some rooms have balcony (on request only at additional cost). There is a lift to most rooms but some require one flight of stairs to reach them. Porterage of your luggage in and out is included but please let us know if you have any difficulties in respect of the staircase.
Half board is included and dinner is served either early or late to coincide with concert time.
The holiday is intended to be an unstructured and relaxing break - ideal for those of you who enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors (or just want to relax in a lovely setting and look forward to glorious music in the late afternoon or evenings).
On the day following arrival we include a full day of sightseeing to give you an 'overview' of the wonderful Voralberg from Bregenz to Lech. After that you have a Bregenzerwald Card giving you free use of ten cable car lines, local swimming pools and the local bus service throughout the area (from as far as Bregenz on Lake Constance to Lech, high in the Arlberg) so that you can make the most of your days.
Ken Grundy will join you for the start of the holiday and Tina Bywater (who has attended more than 20 Schubertiade's) will be our host in Bezau for the full stay and will be pleased to help with tips and advice to make the most of your stay.
Concert Information: Concerts in black are included and those in blue are optional. There are many more concerts during our stay and you can see details using the Schubertiade link below. If there is a particular concert you would like to add please let us know and we will do our best to secure tickets for you.
Schubertiade included concerts:
Saturday 26th August – 8pm
Elisabeth Kulman Mezzo-soprano
Eduard Kutrowatz Piano
- Robert Schumann: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (piano solo); Mond, meiner Seele Liebling; Seit ich ihn gesehen, Du nennst mich armes Mädchen, Ich kann's nicht fassen, Glückes genug (piano solo), Süßer Freund, An meinem Herzen, Kinderwacht, Der Zeisig, Die letzten Blumen starben, Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan, Reich mir die Hand, Nachtlied, Mondnacht
- Franz Schubert: Dithyrambe (1st verse), Die Sterne (D 684), Romanze aus »Rosamunde«
- Herwig Reiter: Sachliche Romanze
- Franz Schubert: Wehmut
- Herwig Reiter: Alte Frau auf dem Friedhof
- Franz Schubert: Auf das Fest Aller Seelen, Dithyrambe (2nd verse)
- Herwig Reiter: Misstrauensvotum
- Franz Schubert: Klage (D 415), Schweizerlied
- Herwig Reiter: Für die Katz
- Franz Schubert: Der Einsame, Dithyrambe (3rd verse)
Sunday 27th August – 4pm (optional performance; if added £80)
- Christian Zacharias, Piano
- Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D 537; Waltzes and Ländler
- Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
- Robert Schumann: »Davidsbündlertänze«, op. 6
Sunday 27th August – 8pm
- Piotr Beczala, Tenor
- Helmut Deutsch, Piano
- Works by Frédéric Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Francesco Tosti, Giuseppe Verdi, Vincenzo Bellini and more……
Monday 28th August – 4pm
- Emerson String Quartet
- Ludwig van Beethoven: The late String Quartets (I)
String Quartet in E-flat, op. 127; String Quartet in F, op. 135; String Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131
Monday 28th August – 8pm (optional performance; if added £60)
- Igor Levit, Piano
- Franz Schubert: Sonata in A, D 959; Sonata in B-flat, D 960
Tuesday 29th August – 4pm
- Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet, Marco Postinghel Bassoon, Alejandro Núñez Horn, Baiba Skride Violin, Gergana Gergova Violin, Veronika Hagen Viola, Clemens Hagen Violoncello, Roberto Di Ronza Double bass
- Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet in G, op. 77
- Franz Schubert: Octet in F, D 803
Wednesday 30th August – 4pm (optional performance; if added £60)
- Marlis Petersen, Soprano
- Jendrik Springer, Piano
- Andreas Ottensamer, Clarinet
- Franz Schubert: »Der Hirt auf dem Felsen« u.a.
- Richard Strauss: »Mädchenblumen« (Kornblumen, Mohnblumen, Epheu, Wasserrose) et al.
Wednesday 30th August – 8pm
Emerson String Quartet
- Ludwig van Beethoven: The late String Quartets (II)
String Quartet in A minor, op. 132; String Quartet in B-flat, op. 130 (with Grande Fugue, op. 133, as finale)
Important Note on Deposit payments
For this holiday the deposit is £800 (which includes your £400 ticket subscription which we have to pay immediately to the Schubertiade).
In the event that you have to cancel we will try and resell the entire package but otherwise we can only return your tickets to the Schubertiade for resale but we will not know what has and has not been sold until after the festival has concluded so any refund of resold tickets will occur in September. Any refund of tickets will be less 25% to cover the Schubertiade fees and handling charges.
For complete performance details see