Mondsee Music Festival - Austrian Music

"Johannes Brahms - companions and adversaries" 2014 Program

Finest chamber music in Mondsee 

The “Mondsee Music Days” chamber music festival has been annually held in Mondsee for over 25 years and rounds off the summer in the Mondsee region with classical sounds. 

Music Days in Mondsee
Mondsee Music Days

The Music Days Festival (“Musiktage”) was introduced in 1989 by András Schiff. Today's art directors are Chiristian Altenburger and Julia Stemberger, who both continue the original concept of inviting befriended musicians to perform in Mondsee for one week. Since 2010 the art direction had been in the hands of the Auryn Quartet. 

The program of the Music Days 2014 Mondsee connects the chamber music of Johannes Brahms with the music of both his friends and his "enemies".

Festival programme 2014

Various concerts and events take place from 29.8.-6.9.2014 at the Mondsee Castle and Mondsee Basilica, all according to the motto “Johannes Brahms - Companions and Adversaries”.

Friday, 28th August 2014 | 7:30pm | Mondsee Basilica

Opening with:

  • J.S. Bach: Suite III for solo cello in C major, BWV 1009
  • J. Brahms: 2 Chorale Preludes from Op 122 for Organ
  • G. F. Handel: German Arias

Wen-Sinn Yang, cello
Holzer-Graf, organ
Sarah-Luise Traubel, soprano
Ensemble Benevolenti

Saturday 30th August 2014 | 7:30pm | Mondsee Castle

The festive opening Antipode 1:

  • J. Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op 51/1
  • Mayako Kubo: Sanriku Songs (2011) for soprano and string quintet, in memory of the victims of the tsunami in 2011
  • A. Bruckner: String Quintet in F major, WAB 112

Sarah-Luise Traubel, soprano
Matthias Buchholz, viola
Ernst Weissensteiner, double bass
Auryn Quartet

Sunday 31st August 2014 | 11:00 am | Mondsee Castle

Free but lonely

  • J. Brahms: Scherzo in C minor from the "FAE Sonata"
  • J. Joachim: Romance for Violin and Piano in B flat major, Op. 2 No. 1
  • R. Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 121
  • J. Brahms: String Quartet op. 51/2

Gerard Poulet, violin
Henri Sigfridsson, piano
Auryn Quartet

Sunday 31st August 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle

Castle concert léger

eXtracello: From Dowland to Dylan

In this varied program, the four cellists play well-known music as if new: songs from the Renaissance to rock ‘n roll - from Dowland to Dylan, especially arranged for this score.

Edda Breit, Melissa Coleman, Margarethe Deppe, Gudula Urban – Violoncello

Monday 1st September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle


  • C. Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
  • J. Brahms: Three interludes, op. 117
  • E. Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major op. 21

Gerard Poulet, violin
Henri Sigfridsson, piano
Auryn Quartet

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle


  • Cl. Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
  • Mayako Kubo: Two Pieces for Cello and Piano
  • Reading: Correspondence Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms
  • J. Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

Karen Gomyo, violin
Matthias Buchholz, viola
Wen-Sinn Yang , cello
Henri Sigfridsson, piano
August Schmölzer and Adelheid Arndt, reading

Wednesday 3rd September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle

New German Traditionalists

  • F. Liszt: Liebestraum, Notturno No. 3 A flat major
    Concert Etude in D flat major "Un sospiro"
  • H. Wolf: Intermezzo in E flat major
  • R. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll WWV 103
  • J. Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Clara Andrada, flute
Christiane Dimigen, oboe 
Gerald Pachinger and Daniela Fuchs, clarinet
Richard Galler, bassoon
Hervé Joulain und N.N., horn
Rainer Küblböck, trumpet
Ernst Weissensteiner, bass
Silke Avenhaus, piano
Auryn Quartet

Thursday 4th September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle


  • J. Haydn: Piano Trio in G major Hob XV: 25
  • J. Brahms: Hungarian Dances
  • B. Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Sz 111
  • E. Dohnányi: Sextet in C major, Op. 37 for Piano, Clarinet, Horn and String Trio

Gerald Pachinger, clarinet
Hervé Joulain, horn
Karen Gomyo, violin
Matthias Buchholz, viola 
Wen-Sinn Yang , cello
Silke Avenhaus, piano

Friday 5th September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle

Brahms the progressive

  • J. Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 99
  • Schoenberg: Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47
  • Mayako Kubo: World premiere for string quartet
  • J. Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

Karen Gomyo, violin
Matthias Buchholz, viola 
Harriet Krijgh, cello
Silke Avenhaus, piano
Auryn Quartet

Saturday 6th September 2014 | 7:30 pm | Mondsee Castle

Antipodes 2

  • B. Britten: Phantasy Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 2
  • J. Brahms: String Sextet in G major op 36
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D Minor "Souvenir de Florence", Op. 70

Christiane Dimigen, oboe
Matthias Buchholz, viola
Harriet Krijgh, cello
Auryn Quartet

Further information as well as ticket prices and the full programme of the Mondsee Music Days is available on their website.

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