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 Vorarlberg; a charming family run hotel with excellent food (that Maestro clients have been enjoying for the past 18 years); fresh air, lovely walks, cable cars and wonderful leider recitals and chamber music in Schwarzenberg just 20 minutes away by Schubertiade coach.
The Schubertiade Festival 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 transferred from the church in Bezau (just 5 minutes walk from the Sonne) 40 minutes prior to each concert and back again afterwards.
This will be our eighteenth year at the Gasthof Sonne with the ‘family Meusburger’. The Sonne is a typical gasthof situated beside a stream just 200 metres flat walk from the centre of the village. All rooms have private facilities (some with walk-in shower – please note on your booking form if this is important to you). We have four ‘single’ rooms on allocation which have a single bed and up to six double rooms for sole use as well as a further block of double rooms for double or twin use. Just a note on the twins – although they are two separate mattresses with separate duvets, they are within a single wooden bed frame. We can request rooms with balcony or panoramic windows for an additional £90 (per room per stay not per person). If you want to request this please mark it on your Booking Form and we will reconfirm back to you once we hear back from the hotel.
Gasthof Sonne in Bezau is your base for seven nights with direct flights from Manchester 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.
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).
The holiday is a little different to the usual Maestro offering in that apart from an escorted tour, the holiday is very much ‘go as you please’ allowing you to relax on the terrace of the hotel and read or to use your provided ‘travel pass’ and take the local postbus to Lake Constance and Bregenz or as far as Lech or Werth and to ride many of the cable-cars of the region. The local bus links the Seilbahn cable car of Bezau and the cable car at Mellau and stops right outside the hotel. If you love the great outdoors, fresh air, wonderful views and exceptional music this could be the perfect holiday for you. If you’re a shopaholic then perhaps not! Tina Bywater who has attended every Shubertiade for the past 20+ years is happy to assist during your stay with planning your day to day activities and giving advice.
Concert Information: A total of five concerts of your choice are included, please choose from the list below. If you wish to add more from the list the cost is £80 per performance. 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.
Saturday 22nd August – 8pm
Gerald Finley, Julius Drake
Franz Schubert: »Schwanengesang« (Lieder on poems by Ludwig Rellstab)
Johannes Brahms: »Vier ernste Gesänge«
Franz Schubert: »Schwanengesang« (Lieder on poems by Heinrich Heine)
Sunday 23rd August – 11am
Pavel Haas Quartett
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 »Intime Briefe«
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C, D 956
Sunday 23rd August – 8pm
Ludwig van Beethoven: »An die ferne Geliebte«, op. 98;
Sechs Lieder, op. 48
on poems by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert
Monday 24th August – 8pm
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Rondo in C minor
Franz Schubert: Four Impromptus, D 899
Robert Schumann: »Waldszenen«
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, op. 57 »Appassionata«
Tuesday 25th August – 8pm
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in B-flat, D 36
Antonín Dvořák: »Cypresses« (selection)
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen«
Wednesday 26th August – 4pm
Gustav Mahler: »Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen«
Franz Schubert: An den Mond (D 259)
Gustav Mahler: Lieder on poems by Friedrich Rückert
Wednesday 26th August – 8pm
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete string quartets IV
No. 2 in G, op. 18/2
No. 16 in F, op. 135
No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 131
Thursday 27th August – 4pm
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, op. 27/1; Fantasy in G minor, op. 77; Sonata in C-sharp minor, op. 27/2 »Mondscheinsonate«
Franz Schubert: Sonata in G, D 894
Friday 28th August – 4pm
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete string quartets V
No. 7 in F, op. 59/1 »Rasumowski«
No. 13 in B-flat, op. 130, with Große Fuge in B-flat, op. 133, as finale
Friday 28th August – 8pm
Lieder on poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Lieder on poems Johann Mayrhofer
For complete performance details see https://www.schubertiade.at/en/spielplan/2020.html
22 August Manchester - Zurich depart 0845 arrive 1145 LX 391 (Swiss)
29 August Zurich - Manchester depart 1230 arrive 1325 LX 380 (Swiss)
Flight options are also available from Heathrow, Gatwick & Birmingham
Important Note on Deposit payment - For this holiday the deposit is £900 plus any additional tickets ordered (includes your 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 20. Any refund of tickets will be less 25% to cover the Schubertiade fees and handling charges.
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