Esterházy Palace

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Tuesday - Sunday and holidays from 10.00 am - 05.00 pm
Tuesday - Friday only with a guided tour

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Forchtenstein Castle

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Winter ticket with guided tour
Monday and Wednesday - Friday at 10.00 am and 01.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holiday at 10.00 am, 01.00 pm and 03.00 pm

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Lackenbach Palace

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Thursday to Saturday and public holidays from 10.00 am - 03.00 pm

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St.Margarethen Quarry

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Winter break

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String Quartet I

Emerson String Quartet


A cause for sadness, even mourning? Certainly that, too. After more than 40 years in the top echelon of international chamber music ensembles, this season the Emerson String Quartet takes its well-deserved leave of concert life. But even more so, this should be an occasion for enormous gratitude, combined with the unquestionable desire to give the Emersons a fitting farewell. With such a particularly exquisite programme, the Haydn Hall audience at Esterházy Castle will find saying goodbye both easy and difficult. The beautifully overwrought, overtly emotional ache of Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' also exemplifies the music of the American continent, which the Emerson Quartet has always championed. The enormous expanse of Franz Schubert's magnificent G major quartet, which burst through all hitherto acceptable boundaries, conveys an ineffable sense of the transcendental. At the centre, however, is Joseph Haydn, with an opening punchline that fits the theme of the evening: instead of the usual opening, the Quartet op. 33/5 features a final cadenza in pianissimo! The work ranges from hearty folk music to opera parody - and the Emersons have always understood Haydn's humour.

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