30 April 2022
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Beautiful music in a beautiful ambience. in 2022, the event series"Music in the Giant" will take place again in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds! The chamber music festival in Wattens will bring artists from near and far on stage for three days from May 19 to 21, 2022. The focus this time is on the string quartet and its various forms.

Chamber music? This is instrumental music, which, in contrast to orchestral and choral music, is always performed with a small ensemble. Each of the three guest quartets in Wattens, the Belcea Quartet, the Attacca Quartet and Quartissimo, has a different focus. For the opening of the festival, however, one can look forward to the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who has already been "Artist in Residence" at Musik im Riesen.

Multi-layered sounds on Friday

On Friday evening, the New York composer Caroline Shaw will set the tone. The four string players of the Attacca Quartet will play the pieces of their musical companion Caroline Shaw and also perform them together with her. Shaw compares her works to a garden in which she cultivates plants - a beautiful metaphor for the complexity of a music in which the most diverse influences take effect and new things can grow. And how beautifully fitting for the soon to blossom garden of the Crystal Worlds!

Saturday highlights

On Saturday, the highlight of the festival will be celebrated with three concerts. The Belcea Quartet, one of the most renowned chamber music ensembles in the world, will kick things off in the morning at 11:00 am. In the almost 20-year history of "Music in the Giant", the Belcea Quartet has been a guest several times. This time, it will set Franz Schubert's string quartet movement in C minor and string quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" in relation to Dmitri Shostakovich's penultimate string quartet from 1973.

In the early evening, the four young Tyroleans - two pairs of siblings - perform together under the name Quartissimo. They are also preparing for this in the masterclass program "Impuls" with violist Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet. He will work with them on the "American String Quartet" by Antonín Dvořák and the String Quartet in F minor op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. One can be curious!

The last item on the program will be a song recital with Andrè Schuen starting at 20:00. The young baritone, who hails from the Ladin valley of Badia in South Tyrol, made a name for himself as an opera and lieder singer in just a few years. He will be accompanied by Daniel Heide on the piano. Together they are a sought-after duo! Andrè Schuen and Daniel Heide also put their expressiveness and their feeling for fine shadings into their interpretation of the "Songs of Night and Farewell". Around Gustav Mahler's cycle "Kindertotenlieder" they chose works by Franz Schubert and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Program overview 2022

  • Thu., May 19, 2022, 8:00 p.m.: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
  • Fri., May 20, 2022, 20:00: Attacca Quartet, Caroline Shaw (voice)
  • Sat., May 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m.: Belcea Quartet
  • Sat., May 21, 2022, 5:30 p.m.: Quartissimo
  • Sat., May 21, 2022, 20:00: Andrè Schuen (baritone), Daniel Heide (piano)

Further information

Tickets for the festival are available at all oeticket box offices and at www.oeticket.com. There will be an introductory talk one hour before each concert, the concerts are with free choice of seats.

Directions from Innsbruck

A shuttle bus runs four times a day from Innsbruck to the Crystal Worlds, the current timetable is available here it on the Kristallwelten website. For the evening events, it is best to travel either by car or public transport to/from (last bus 21:58).

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