Salzburg is that rare thing, a tiny city with world-class standards in nearly everything the discerning visitor – and resident – would want. It is miraculous that such charm, and such grandeur, and, above all, such unparalleled weight of musical achievement, should be concentrated in so small a place.
A virtually independent city-state from its origins in the early Middle Ages until its absorption into the Habsburg Empire in the nineteenth century, Salzburg’s days of glory had all but slipped into the past by the time Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born there. He became the unwitting instigator, post-mortem, of Salzburg’s transformation from minor ecclesiastical seat to the world’s foremost city of music festivals. There are five of them. The Mozartwoche (Mozart Week) held in January every year celebrates Salzburg’s most famous son with musicians famed worldwide for their Mozart interpretations.
Our tour allows the concerts to be interspersed with a gentle programme of walks and visits to see some of the finest art and architecture in the city. But there is also plenty of free time to relax and gather energies for the performances, and for individual exploration.
The city has several museums – a recent addition is a Museum of Contemporary Art in a cliff-top location overlooking the city, and the city’s principal museum has been re-established in a part of the Archbishop’s palace known as the Neue Residenz.
Fly at c. 11.00am from London Heathrow to Salzburg (British Airways). Introductory lecture and dinner.
Morning concert at the Mozarteum with Janine Jansen (violin), Gregory Ahss (violin), Amihai Grosz (viola), Henning Kraggerud (viola), Jens Peter Maintz (cello): Mozart, Divertimento (string trio) in E flat, K. 563, String Quintet in G minor, K. 516. In the afternoon, walk through the heart of the old city with a local guide includes a church by the greatest master of Austrian Baroque, Fischer von Erlach, the late-Gothic Franciscan church and the mighty cathedral, the first major Baroque building north of the Alps. Evening concert at the Mozarteum with Mitsuko Uchida (piano) and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra: Mozart, Piano Concerto in F, K. 459, Piano Concerto in D, K. 466, Quintet in E-flat, K. 407.
A second guided walk includes a visit to the 18th-century Mirabell Gardens. Then a private guided tour of the Mozarteum’s Autograph Vault, containing original letters and manuscripts. Then a visit to the former Mozart family home before a free afternoon in Salzburg. Evening concert at the Mozarteum with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano): Mozart, Serenade in G ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’, K. 525, ‘Porgi amor’ (Contessa) from ‘Le nozze di Figaro’; ‘L’amerò, sarò costante’ (Aminta) from ‘Il re pastore’; ‘Non più di fiori’ (Vitellia) from ‘La clemenza di Tito’; Divertimento in B-flat ‘Lodron’, K. 287.
Morning concert at the Mozarteum with The Hagen Quartet: Mozart, Quartet in G, K. 387, Quartet in D, K. 575, Quartet in B flat, K. 458. Afternoon visit to Mozart’s birthplace, now an excellent museum. Evening concert at the Haus für Mozart with Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and Philippe Herreweghe (conductor): Mozart, Mass in C minor, K.427.
Bad Ischl, Salzburg. Depart for an excursion through the ravishing landscapes of the Salzkammergut to Bad Ischl, with lunch here. Return to Salzburg for a free afternoon. Evening concert at the Mozarteum with Daniel Barenboim (piano): Mozart, Divertimento in B- flat, K. 254, Piano Trio in E, K. 542, Piano Trio in C, K. 548.
Optional morning visit to the Alte Residenz, a complex dating back to the 16th century, housing a sequence of a dozen impressive state rooms, of which several were redesigned in the Baroque style by Erlach and Hildebrandt. The adjoining Residenzgalerie contains a collection of 16th–19th-century European painting, including works by Rembrandt and Rubens. Afternoon concert at the Mozarteum with Daniel Barenboim (piano): Mozart, Piano Trio in G, K. 496, Piano Trio in B, K. 502, Piano Trio in G, K. 564. An evening concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wiener Singerverein with Andrés Orozco-Estrada (conductor), Christiane Karg (soprano), Angela Brower (mezzo-soprano), Rolando Villazón (tenor), Adam Plachetka (bass): Mozart, Masonic funeral music K. 477, Adagio und fugue in c K. 546, Symphony in G, K. 183, Requiem in D, K. 626
The flight from Salzburg arrives at London Gatwick c. 12 noon.
Please note that this tour departs from London Heathrow and returns to London Gatwick.
Music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at the Guildhall, Trinity College of Music and Birkbeck College. He read French and German at Cambridge and later studied Music at the Guildhall. His publications include Schubert: the complete song texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.
Price, per person
Two sharing: £3,765 or £3,645 without flights. Single occupancy: £4,215 or £4,095 without flights.
Air travel (Euro Traveller) with British Airways (Airbus A319); accommodation as described below; breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners with wine; private coach for the airport transfers; all admissions to museums; tips for waiters, drivers and local guides; all state and airport taxes; the services of the lecturer and tour manager.
Tickets (top category) for 8 performances are included, costing c. £1,045. Due to be confirmed in July 2018.
Hotel Bristol: 5-star family-run hotel, excellently located two minutes walk from the Mozarteum and just across the river from the Festspielhaus (600 metres). Single rooms are doubles for sole use.
There is a fair amount of walking within the old town centre where vehicular access is restricted. The tour is planned on the expectation that participants walk to and from the concert venues.
Between 10 and 22 participants.
Before booking, please refer to the FCO website to ensure you are happy with the travel advice for the destination(s) you are visiting: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
'Our lecturer was, as ever, the most congenial of companions on this tour. His organisation was faultless. Above all, his erudition and enthusiasm greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the week.'
'Excellent – music programme wonderful.'
'A very special holiday due to our lecturer and a very good mix of people.'
'Alone, I would never have discovered so much, and had such good company.'
'This was for me the best Martin Randall Tour, and that’s saying a lot.'
'The lecturer is always my first choice, his music knowledge is superior and he is a charming and thoughtful host.'