While not quite as planned, Caroline is celebrating the United Nations World Environment Day, as one of the many artists from all over the world making a statement for climate protection in the spirit of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral”.
As the pandemic made physical performances, discussions and events impossible, organisers decided to make the Beethoven Pastoral Project an online event from Beethoven’s birthplace, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
To retain the spirit of the project and of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, or “Recollections of Country Life” Caroline is marking the day by looking to the future – with invitations for concerts in Venice, Italy and then to Gstaad where the 15th edition of her New Year Music Festival will take place between Saturday 26 December 2020 and Sunday 3 January 2021.
In the first week of French progress towards renewed movement, Caroline has memories of Beethoven’s own notes for the first movement of the Pastoral when he wrote: “Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arriving in the country,” and that the the whole will be recognised as a matter “more of feeling than of painting in sounds.”
Caroline is on Twitter @gstaadnymf and Facebook and most recently has a page on Patreon
Tickets are on sale from this week at Gstaad Tourism, in Rougemont and online from the festival office (E: firstname.lastname@example.org). This is the Gstaad NY programme:
We are delighted to be part of the City of Bonn’s Beethoven 2020 celebrations and will be marking the great date with the composer’s music in a variety of forms – Beethoven in Havana, the Eroica and his wonderful Fifth Symphony – all in special transcriptions.
The opening night is Friday 27 December 2019 with Joachim Horsley and we continue until Monday 6 January 2020 with a closing concert by the Menuhin Academy in Lauenen. In between, the star soprano making a name for herself in New York, Lisette Oropesa, sings in Rougemont Church on 2 January 2020, and the day after, the 12-year-old pianist who made a sensation in Paris, Alexandra Dovgan plays in St Niklauskapelle on the Gstaad Promenade.
Plans are underway to celebrate significant musical anniversaries for the 14th edition of the Gstaad festival, starting on 27 December 2019 and continuing into the first week of January 2020. In the meantime, do come to our events through the year in London (18 June), Venice, New York, Paris – and Lauenen for the Friends Party in August.
The festival is a partner with the Beethoven 2020 celebrations organized by the city of Bonn, with Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier as its patron, and the associated Beethoven Pastoral Project: https://www.bthvn2020.de/?L=1
In the meantime, please contact the Festival office in Lauenen or Paris –
Princess Caroline Murat, Artistic Director, The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Altezze e Musica, Spittelweg, Lauenen.
Les Napoleoniens dans la Grande Guerre:
Here is the link to Princess Caroline’s family during the Great War – so significant also for Debussy –
The 13th edition of the festival welcomed returning artists Nathalie Stutzmann and Edwin Crossley Mercer and newcomers including the exceptional pianist Alexandros Kapelis who played the integral Bach concerti for keyboard and strings.
The programme: BWV 42 Sinfonia
BWV 170 Alt aria « Vergnügte Ruh »
BWV 133 Alt aria « Getrost ! »
BWV 56 Bass Cantata « Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen »
BWV 42 Bass aria « Jesus ist ein Schild »
BWV 35 Alt aria « Gott hat alles wohl gemacht »
BWV 106 Alt und Bass duo from cantata Actus tragicus
Caroline is playing a series of recitals marking the centenary of French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and her landmark interpretations of Chopin: Live recital in London:
With Clair de lune (“Moonlight” from his Suite bergamasque, 1890–1905) and “L’isle joyeuse” central to the programme, Caroline will introduce the music and the composer’s ideas developed through his short but highly significant life of music which ended in exile from his native Paris in March 1918.
Caroline is playing her Debussy recital in Paris and Rome in November. Information on all dates from her office: email@example.com
Live audio recording, “L’isle joyeuse” – Caroline Haffner, Paris: