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posted on 11/12/2012
The first of the unique range of festivals which we ourselves create in their entirety has also been the one which has run most often – annually, indeed, since 1994.
Proclaiming the twentieth anniversary is to be somewhat slightly economical with the truth, as in one year the audience did not travel along the Danube on a ship but stayed in hotels in Vienna, but all the other esssentials have remained constant in all years: music of the region in historic buildings with first-rate musicians, the concerts exclusive to those who take the whole package which includes accommodation, travel, lectures and much else. It has proved a winning formula.
We always ring the changes, with each edition of the festival having a different line-up of artists and a different selection of venues, though there are repeats and regulars among both. The Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic under Adam Fischer was with us in 1994 and in many subsequent years, Quintett Wien since 1995, the Wihan Quartet has performed almost as often and violinist Wolfgang Redik has appeared in all twenty.
But we welcome Angelika Kirchschlager for the first time to the Danube Festival (she will be performing an hour from her home); and unusually there are a couple of major pieces which are not Austro-Hungarian by origin but fit well with the musical programme overall.
Whether traditional or innovatory, the governing principle is what we think will work, will provide participants with a really exceptional week. After two decades of honing, and having chalked up well over two thousand delighted Danube clients, we are confident that we won’t go very far wrong this time.