Public concert broadcast

Dear Zaubersee friends

In 2021, Zaubersee Festival would have taken place for the 10th time. Unfortunately, under the current circumstances, it is not possible to celebrate the anniversary as originally planned.

Nevertheless, the festival still wants to actively contribute to the music life, offering audience exquisite programmes and in addition, also therewith support the artists.

The planned four concerts will take place at familiar Zaubersee venues – St. Charles Hall, Hotel Schweizerhof and the new Orchestra House of Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

All four concerts will be live streamed for free on this website and opened to limited number of audience.

Table of contents

Four Livestream-Concerts
Welcome to our virtual concert hall
Questions & Answers


Four Livestream-Concerts
Zaubersee Festival 2021 – Special Edition

Thursday, May 27 2021 | 7.30 p.m.

Hotel Schweizerhof
Song Recital

Friday, May 28 2021 | 7.30 p.m.

St. Charles Hall Meggen
Soirée with Strings

Saturday, May 29 2021 | 7.30 p.m.

Orchesterhaus Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
Piano Recital

Sunday, May 30 2021 | 7.30 p.m.

Orchesterhaus Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
Cello Recital

Welcome to our virtual concert hall

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919‒1996)
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 2 op. 63

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873‒1943)
Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in G minor op. 19


Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata is unquestionably one of his best works of chamber music. In 1919, he even accompanied the great cellist Pablo Casals’s performance of the piece, written in 1901, on the grand piano. With its melodic inventiveness and rich harmonies, it is reminiscent of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, which he completed the same year, and offers the accompanist a similarly lush, surging piano movement. Nevertheless, in this piece virtuosity is never an end in itself , and the violoncello’s voice is of a particularly emotional intensity. Mieczyslaw Weinberg was a close friend of Dmitri Shostakovich; before Weinberg published any work, he would show it to his fellow composer. And it appears that the opposite was also the case. All the same, it would be erroneous to consider Weinberg, who was almost two generations younger than Shostakovich, to be an imitator of the older composer. He definitely has his own, very personal style whereby, for example, purely motoric elements play a less fundamental role, while conversely, considerable importance is attached to melody.


How do I start the livestream?

The broadcast will begin automatically at 7.30 p.m.. Should the broadcast not start automatically, please refresh this page in your browser.

Can I pause the broadcast and continue watching it later?

No, the concert will be streamed in real time. If you pause the broadcast, it will not continue where you interrupted it.

Can I watch the concert in full screen mode?

Yes. Click the small symbol shown in the lower right-hand corner of the player.

Must I download a player or any software?

No, the broadcast will be played back directly on our website.

The quality of the broadcast is poor, what can I do?

The concert will be streamed in the best quality possible. However, the quality of the broadcast on your device will depend on your internet connection. In the event of a slower internet connection it is possible that the quality of the broadcast will be automatically downgraded.

Can I stream the concert on my television screen?

We generally recommend that you watch the stream on your laptop/PC/tablet computer. With certain devices, however, streaming can also work via a television set. Your smart TV must be capable of displaying this website, including the video player, correctly.

Important information in the event of technical problems

We endeavour to ensure that we are able to share a great concert experience with you. Nevertheless, technical problems can arise. Should there be any difficulties with the broadcast, we have planned to redirect the concert to our YouTube channel as an alternative.

Please also save the following link so that you have it to hand in the event of any malfunction:

This broadcast will also be available to the public. If YouTube asks you for a login, you can ignore the notification.