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“The high-caliber quintet (…) took to the literary concert experiment with obvious pleasure. Playing together impressively, entirely and palpably concentrated, the musicians created a remarkable experience of nature for the audience on site and on the web with Franz Schubert’s well-known piano quintet. This was intensified by Katja Riemann’s (…) recitation of the Romantic poem ‘The Trout’ by Christian Friedrich Schubert.“ (Neuburger Rundschau, 4 July 2020 on the concert “The Power of Nature” on 2 July 2020)

“The truly fascinating aspect of Iván Fischer’s style of conducting may be his feeling for timing, for the right moment in the events. He gives calmness and scope to the orchestra. (…) This was evident in the second work of the evening, ‘Les Illuminations’ by Benjamin Britten with the fantastic Berlin soprano Anna Prohaska. Here too, in the accompaniment by the string orchestra, the sound was expansive, unusually chromatic. (…) Prohaska sings it with the utmost expressiveness, the utmost sensuality and the utmost clarity too, amidst the roaring string sounds of the wonderful orchestra.” (Donaukurier, 4 July 2020 on the concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer and the soprano Anna Prohaska on 3 July 2020)

“In the 30 years of their existence, again and again the Sommerkonzerte have been able to invite some of the world’s most exceptional and best musicians or ensembles to the Ingolstadt region. The performance by Quatuor Ébène can take its place in that tiny selection that comprises the very best concerts of all.” (Donaukurier, 5 July 2020 on the concert by Quatuor Ébène on 4 July 2020)

“At this year’s Audi Sommerkonzerte there were two opportunities to hear the exceptional cellist Maximilian Hornung: at the first concert in the Museum Mobile with Schubert, and then at the final crowning concert of the festival, when its artistic director Lisa Batiashvili joined Camerata Salzburg conducted by Francois Leleux. The Augsburg-born cellist excelled in a rendering of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich that was as flawless as it was sensitive.” (Kulturkanal Ingolstadt, 9 July 2020 in an interview with Maximilian Hornung)

“Once again Lisa Batiashvili showed what a fantastic violinist she is. In an arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorale ‘Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ’, the melody flowed from her instrument with superhuman smoothness and warmth. In Stephan Koncz's ‘The Lark’ she displayed virtuosity with an almost jazzy groove. Masterly! At the end Batiashvili stood briefly in front of the orchestra, beamed and said that the festival ‘was above all a triumph over the virus.’ But in fact it was much more than that: a triumph for this wonderful violinist and director of the Sommerkonzerte herself.“ (Donaukurier, 6 July 2020 on the concert by Camerata Salzburg with François Leleux, Maximilian Hornung and Lisa Batiashvili on 5 July 2020)

This year we came close to having no program of summer concerts, but rather a summer without any concerts. Things turned out differently, however, above all because Audi, innovatively and with enormous passion, had read the signs of the times and affirmed the trend to digitalization. (…) Almost everything about the festival succeeded immeasurably, as if a lucky star had shone over it during the coronavirus crisis. (…) Thanks to outstanding artists, this was (…) a magnificent festival year that reached the Audi community in every last corner of the globe. (Donaukurier, 14 July 2020 on the Audi Sommerkonzerte 2020)

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