Matthew Halls conducts the Concentus Musicus Wien in a performance of ‘Die Jahreszeiten’ (‘The Seasons’) at Melk Abbey on Saturday 7th as part of the annual Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk. Stepping in for an indisposed Nikolaus Harnoncourt, he will also be working together with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and soloists Marlis Petersen, Michael Schade and Florian Boesch.
Founded by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the ensemble has been under his leadership since it began in 1953. This appearance marks the collaboration of Concentus Musicus Wien with guest conductors one year earlier than planned; over the next couple of years in Melk, Concentus Musicus Wien will also collaborate with Daniel Harding (2015) and Pablo Heras-Casado (2016).
Michael Schade, Artistic Director of Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk comments: “I regret that Maestro Harnoncourt has had to withdraw for health reasons, although I applaud his acceptance of the Concentus Musicus Wien working with new conductors. Naturally, I respect his decision and we look forward to the challenge and incentive that Nikolaus Harnoncourt gives us in his motivation to envision a new future for the Concentus Musicus Wien”