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‘100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival’: Official Jubilee Edition Announced

A comprehensive 58-CD limited edition box set celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival will be released on 31 July 2020.

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100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival, a comprehensive 58-CD limited edition box set celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival in 2020, will be released by Deutsche Grammophon on 31 July 2020.

Exclusive Deutsche Grammophon store special offer

Order 100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival before 30 June 2020 from Deutsche Grammophon’s store to enjoy exclusive access to a special website created by the Karajan Institute featuring video interviews with first-hand witnesses, letters to and from Herbert von Karajan, posters, concert programmes and photos of memorable performances.

A retrospective of the greatest classical music festival in the world

100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival, the official jubilee edition, provides a wide-ranging retrospective of the greatest classical music festival in the world. This comprehensive 58-CD limited edition boxed set is curated in four main parts and in chronological order – Operas, Concerts, Recitals, and Spoken Word – and features essential performances from great conductors, unforgettable singers and outstanding soloists.

Great conductors, unforgettable singers and outstanding soloists

Deutsche Grammophon enjoys a unique history with this prominent festival, many of the label’s artists have had a strong presence, some of them even a dominant role in the festival’s programmes. 100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival features great conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, unforgettable singers including Lisa della Casa, Plácido Domingo, Christa Ludwig, Anna Netrebko, Jessye Norman, Hermann Prey, Lisa della Casa, Hans Hotter, Cheryl Studer, Rolando Villazón, Fritz Wunderlich and outstanding soloists including Martha Argerich, Alfred Brendel, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grigory Sokolov.

Includes rare recordings

100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival features rare recordings of particular interest including the first CD release of Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 26 & 30, conducted by Bernhard Paumgartner, the festival’s driving force in the 1950s, the 1958 recording of Jedermann, a spoken word theatre play which is a centrepiece of the festival, and Karajan’s 1959 account of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice: a re-enactment of his own triumphant Gluck performance from 1948.

The comprehensive booklet features new informative liner notes, including articles by BBC presenter and Karajan biographer Richard Osborne, and by Salzburg’s Director of Dramaturgy, Margarete Lasinger, original stage and concert photos and the original covers. This edition will be accompanied by a selection e-Albums also covering different sections of the festival.

The Salzburg Festival’s ideals are to ‘to shine as a guiding light’ of cultural life and identity in artistical terms, but also to be the greatest classical music festival in the world: typically with more than 200 performances scheduled in 15 venues across 44 days, with guests from 80 countries. There have been many attempts to document the singular moments and magical performances of the Salzburg Festival, but none offering the same depth and variety of this new centenary edition.

Order 100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival before 30 June 2020 from Deutsche Grammophon’s store to enjoy exclusive access to a special website created by the Karajan Institute featuring video interviews with first-hand witnesses, letters to and from Herbert von Karajan, posters, concert programmes and photos of memorable performances. Herbert von Karajan was for decades the most artistically significant figure of the Salzburg Festival. His artistic vision and sound-aesthetic rewrote the history of interpretation and continue to exercise their fascination to this day.

100 Years Of The Salzburg Festival, a 58-CD limited edition boxed set, will be released on 31 July 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.

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