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CULTURAL TOURS TO CENTRAL EUROPE AND BEYOND



    Habsburg Heritage was founded in 1989 and offers carefully planned unpretentious accompanied holidays to musical events in Europe and the UK.
    TOURS IN 2020


    MANCHESTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL : MUSIC OF THE NEW WORLD
    12 – 16 March 2020

    The first festival at the RNCM in 1999 was devoted to all Haydn’s string quartets. We have returned every year since and now join celebrations of American music. Composers include Philip Glass, Dvorak, Britten, Korngold, Schoenberg and John Adams, Apallachian Spring, An American in Paris. Masterclasses with Jan Talich, talks and three wonderful evening concerts by the Benyounes Quartet; Manchester Piano Trio with Jan Talich and Petr Prause; and the Elias Quartet make up the weekend. There is time to explore the galleries and museums of the capital of the Industrial Revolution. And we have tickets for Opera North’s 5* Marriage of Figaro in Jeremy Sams clever translation and Jo Davies’ acclaimed production of the Mozart Opera at the Lowry Centre.

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    ANDRAS SCHIFF, PALLADIO and VERONESE at VICENZA with VENICE and PADUA
    29 April - 5 May 2020

    Bach and the composers who rediscovered him - Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms - are the focus of the concerts by András Schiff and friends in the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. Palladio and Veronese in Vicenza, Venice and the Veneto – and Giotto in Padua - with memorable meals make for an unforgettable experience.   

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    THE RING and MEISTERSINGER in BUDAPEST
    17 – 24 June 2020

    The relaunched Ring with the best acoustics in Europe (David Nice - December 2017). Bayreuth singers including Iréne Theorin and Stefan Vinke as Brunnhilde and Siegfried on successive evenings. James Rutherford as Sachs, Klaus Florian Vogt as Walter and Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser make this Meistersinger unmissable. Ádám Fischer conducts and an optional boat brings us from and back to our idyllic spa hotel on the Margaret Island. Our 2019 tour sold out rapidly.   

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    ANGELA HEWITT'S TRASIMENO FESTIVAL
    26 June to 6 July 2020

    The great Canadian pianist and musical friends give recitals in idyllic Umbrian settings, We stay in a hotel right on the lakeside (and this is where Tony Pappano has his holiday home!) and also visit Assisi, Perugia, Cortona and Pisa and a day on the Piero della Francesca trail. Bach Ian Bostridge sings Winterreise. Ian Bostridge is among the musicians we hear. Several new concert venues.

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    THE SCHUBERTIADE in SCHWARZENBERG
    21 - 30 August 2020

    Another bumper week of recitals (and we had to disappoint people this summer) . Artists include singers Christiane Karg, Violeta Urmana, Christoph Prégardien, Gerald Finley and Matthias Goerne; pianists Marc-André Hamelin and Paul Lewis and the Hagen and Pavel Haas Quartets with Quatuor Ébčne giving three recitals of Beethoven quartets.

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    And looking ahead

    MAHLER in LEIPZIG
    13 – 24 May 2021

    Gewandhausorchester / Andris Nelsons
    Berliner Philharmoniker / Kirill Petrenko
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Fabio Luisi
    LSO / Simon Rattle
    Vienna Philharmonic / Daniel Harding
    Munich Philharmonic / Valery Gergiev
    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons
    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Antonio Pappano
    MDR Symphony Orchestra/Markus Stenz

    Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester/Daniele Gatti
    Symphony Nos. 2 & 8 (two concerts)
    Symphony No. 9
    Kindertotenlieder and Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 6
    Rückert-Lieder and Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 4 and Lied von der Erde
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 7
    Lied eines fahrenden Gesellen –
    Das klagende Lied
    Symphony No. 10 (version by Deryck Cooke)


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Robert Avery, who accompanies all these tours, founded Habsburg Heritage Cultural Tours in 1989. He read Modern History at Cambridge and then devoted twenty years to the Anglo-Austrian Society, pioneering cultural tours and helping to run the Youth and Music Festival in Vienna. He was editorial consultant to the Eyewitness Travel Guide to Vienna and was awarded the Silver Haydn Medal of the City of Eisenstadt. When not leading tours he can usually be found at the opera.

 


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