by THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC
Conducted by BERNHARD PAUMGARTNER
The Residence, Salzburg
In Salzburg, the most lovely ' Italian ' city in the whole of Austria, the birthplace of Mozart, the now famous Festival runs its course each August. To this little city, no larger than, say, Hereford or Winchester, come all the scintillating stars of Teutonic art, and for a month devote their whole time and talents to performing opera and drama in circumstances and surroundings that make the Salzburg Festival an unique event of the international artistic year.
The whole city is given over to the Festival. Nothing else happens but Festival-except that visitors are housed and fed. Performances take place in the two theatres, the Mozarteum and the Festspielhaus, in the Cathedral, and on the Cathedral Square, and when there are no performances the city sleeps. Over it all hovers the genius of Mozart. There are even those who, with more poetry than truth, declare that in ghostly person he is present and presides.
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