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The Musicbanda Franui and the Bavarian Radio Chorus come together for the first time, united by Gustav Mahler’s music. Whereas Franui reveal how Mahler found inspiration in folk music and reduce large-scale orchestral songs to a pocket version, the Bavarian Radio Chorus is at home especially in his symphonic music of grand dimensions. The two ensembles will cast new light on Gustav Mahler’s music, including its pre- and after-life, in arrangements or “follow-up compositions” by Markus Kraler / Andreas Schett and Howard Arman. Starting with the influences on the young Mahler (for instance the songs by Carl Loewe) the concert transports audiences via Mahler’s Wunderhorn Lieder and the masterpiece he created in Toblach, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) to 20th-century Viennese songs and the film sound of Hollywood as characterized by Erich  Wolfgang Korngold. Over and over again Mahlerian cadences are audible everywhere. All at once Gustav Mahler’s journey through life runs into our time: “Where do I go?” is the question posed at the end of the Song of the Earth, “I go, I wander in the mountains. I seek tranquillity for my lonely heart.”

Program and cast

Bavarian Radio Choir

Musicbanda Franui

Director: Howard Arman

Festspielhaus Erl

Festspielhaus

 

Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the extraordinary structure boasts 862 seats (130 of which are flexible seats near the orchestra) and the world’s largest orchestra pit (160-sq meters). The total useable surface is 7,000-square meter. General contractor was STRABAG, project manager Ing. Georg Höger.

 

The new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus and its natural surroundings in a unique way: in the summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus will blend with the dark forest, allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In the winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus will fade into the surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus will stand out against the white landscape.

 

The Festspielhaus offers the modern infrastructure that has been sorely missing at the Passionsspielhaus, including a foyer with cloakroom, modern stage machinery, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for administrative offices. The Festspielhaus provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the basic conditions it needs to ensure the Festival’s success will continue into the future.

 

Passionsspielhaus

 

The Passionsspielhaus in Erl, built between 1957 and 159 on plans by architect Robert Schuller, is an architectural and acoustic masterpiece. The structure blends with its surroundings and is a visual extension of the adjoining mountains.
Thanks to its striking shape the Passionspielhaus instantly became Erl’s greatest landmark. Austria’s largest orchestra theater accommodates up to 1500 visitors. The 25-meter wide stage is tiered and provides a spectacular backdrop for the 500 passion play actors as well as the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which performs onstage as there is no orchestra pit. 

 

A café serving snacks and beverages was added in 1997 and an Art Room for 150 visitors was opened in 2003.  
When the Festspielhaus was renovated between October 2006 and April 2007 all sanitary facilities were upgraded; an “orchestra pit” with scissor lift and a substructure for the main stage were added; the auditorium got equipped with a deaf loop system and a new floor; the catwalk, the exterior design, the cellar beneath the donkey ramp, the refreshment stand, all electrical installations and the ventilation system were replaced; and the wardrobe and the stairway renovated.  

 

 

YOUR WAY TO ERL

 

BY CAR

Germany, Eastern Austria
A8 Munich-Salzburg, Autobahndreieck Inntal, A 93, Motorway exit Nussdorf/Brannenburg or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf

Italy, Switzerland, Western Austria
Inntalautobahn A 12, motorway exit Kufstein Nord or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf; from Italy: after Brenner Pass take A 13 and A 12 (approx. 1 h 20 min to Erl); from the Swiss border it’s a 3 hour drive to Erl; the entire journey is on motorways and expressways.

In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways is subject to payment of a toll.

Munich – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Salzburg – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Innsbruck – Erl approx. 45 hour by car

 

BY TRAIN

All long distance and regional trains stop in Kufstein. 

 

FLIGHTS

Airports

Innsbruck (90 km),
Salzburg (90 km),
München (110 km).

 

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