Musikdorf Ernen

We celebrate the 50th concert season – a milestone!

Festival Musikdorf Ernen

«It takes a combination of nature and art and friendship.» – György Sebők

The Festival Musikdorf Ernen is known for high quality concerts within idyllic mountains and intimate atmosphere. Rich in tradition, it is among the most important Swiss Festivals for Classical Music and stands out due to its manifold and imaginative programming.

The 50th concert season 2023 is themed «Milestones».

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50th concert season 2023 | Milestones

Baroque music, piano recitals, Jazz concerts, literature, orchestra and chamber music. Unique music festival in the Swiss Alps.

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Festival radio program – Series for the 50st concert season
Concert introductions as podcast

Let's go! «Meilensteine» – Festivalradio Musikdorf Ernen

The Musikdorf Ernen celebrates its anniversary! Who is behind the extensive programme? And who are the 50 concerts and readings by queer authors adressed to? A programme by and with Joseba Zbinden and Jonathan Inniger. Broadcast of 10 March

Charl du Plessis: Das Interview

The big interview with Charl du Plessis. The South African pianist and his trio have firmly anchored the Jazz Concerts in the programme of the Musikdorf Ernen. Jazz Concerts on 22 / 23 / 31 July | Broadcast of 24 March

Queerlesen 29 and 30 July

Queer literature in a small mountain village? Since 15 years, queer writers come to Ernen, talk about their newest publications and read excerpts from these. Joseba Zbinden interviews the german talk master Bettina Böttinger, leading the Queerlesen since it's beginning, and the austrian writer Dominik Barta, who is coming to the Musikdorf with his second novel "Tür an Tür". Queerlesen, 29 and 30 July | Broadcast of 21 April

Chiaroscuro Quartet – Chamber Music Compact

The Chiaroscuro Quartet will play 7 concerts at the Festival Musikdorf Ernen this year - all within 3 days. As a string quartet that plays the core repertoire from Haydn to Mendelssohn on gut strings and with classical bows, it has caused a sensation in recent years with its breathtaking interpretations. A radio programme by Joseba Zbinden and Jonathan Inniger about historically informed performance and quartet playing with old instruments. With music by Haydn and Mozart. Chamber Music Compact, 30 June–2 July 2023 | Broadcast of 19 May

Grande Finale: Final broadcast with recordings from Ernen

Festivalradio Musikdorf Ernen came to a close! At least for this year... We look - no: we listen - back at a few voices from this year's festival season and listen to the live recordings from the chamber concert on 5 August: "Geisterlieder", the brand new song cycle by Helena Winkelman and the "Geistertrio" by Ludwig van Beethoven. A programme by Joseba Zbinden.

Helena Winkelman – Chamber Concert 3 (5 August)

29 songs in 29 European languages: The song cycle "Geisterlieder" (Ghost songs) for 4 soloists and chamber ensemble will be premiered on 5 August 2023. The conversation with Helena Winkelman, Composer in Residence 2022/23, gives a first insight into the new work. Introduction Chamber Concert 3 (5 August) | Broadcast of 7 April

Baroque concert 1 (16 July)

Who jumped out of the window and who got his thumb bitten off? Stories from the opening concert of the Baroque Weeks 2023. Baroque Concert 1 (16 July) | Broadcast of 31 March

Baroque Concert 2 (19 July)

What did love and friendship, hatred and anger sound like 300 years ago? Jonathan Inniger takes you through two stories with music by Handel: the love story of Acis and Galatea and the story of the faithful friendship between Jonathan and David (from the oratorio Saul). Baroque Concert 2 (19 July) | Broadcast of 17 March

Baroque Concert 5 (27 July)

Exciting music in ecclesiastical garb. George Frideric Handel's motet "Silete Venti", a piece about the nearly physical love for God. Also, music about modesty, inequality and wages - or: why Johann Sebastian Bach was perhaps not so "vergnügt mit seinem Glücke" ("pleased with his fortune"). Jonathan Inniger presents the two vocal works chosen by British soprano Julia Doyle for her Ernen debut. Baroque Concert 5 (27 July) | Broadcast of 28 April

Orchestra Concert 1 (4 August)

What happens when a person dies? What happens after death? Is something to follow? Is the heavenly paradise waiting for us, or does simply the nothingness begin? The three works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Guillaume Lekeu and Gustav Mahler each open up their own unique perspective on the transition from life to death. Orchestra Concert 1 (August 4)

Chamber Concert 4 (6 August)

The concert named "Hommage" commemorates the festival founder György Sebők: with music by his composition teacher Zoltán Kodály, with the piece "In Memoriam Sebők György", which György Kurtág wrote in 2000 shortly after Sebőks death, and with the piano trio by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This was written "Á la mémoire d'un grand artiste", not for Sebők but for Nikolai Rubinstein, but Sebők played the work several times in Ernen. Chamber Concert 4 (6 August) | Broadcast of 11 May

Chamber Concert 5 (7 August in Brig)

"From the New World" is the motto of this programme, whose works all have something to do with the USA: Dvořák was to invent a national music for the USA and wrote his string quintet in Spilville (Iowa). Paul Hindemith and Arnold Schönberg found protection from Nazi repression and persecution in the USA, whereas the "Prelude" by the American composer Aaron Copland was composed in Paris. Chamber Concert 5 (7 August in Brig)

Orchestra Concert 2 (11 August)

Many recurrent themes of the "Chamber Music Plus" series come together in the final Orchestra Concert: The Song as a key genre and source of inspiration, but also the string quartet, the oboe and the names of the composers Bach, Schubert and Mahler. Orchestra Concert 2 (11 August, also: 12 August in Martigny)

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50 years Musikdorf Ernen

When György Sebők, worldwide renowned as piano pedagogue, started the first masterclass for piano and chamber music in the small mountain village Ernen in 1974, he could not have guessed that fifty years later the Musikdorf Ernen would be an internationally renowned, big festival of classical music.

We celebrate the 50st concert season under the motto «Milestones». Number 50 is a milestone in the development of the festival in the mountain village. Therefore we search for musical milestones too: Some works and composers have been marked as milestones by music historiography. Others lie hidden as milestones that have to be discovered. And for sure, many musicians have their personal milestones to bring along when we say: The Musikdorf Ernen celebrates its 50st concert season with a total of 50 concerts.