Zwischentöne -
Chamber Music Festival Engelberg

October 23rd to 25th, 2020



Inspired by the 900-year anniversary of our partner, Engelberg Monastery, we are excited to present a program entitled “Mysterium”, full of mystery and promise, spiritual and musical enigmas and works of chamber music by some of the greatest composers to contemplate life’s riddles. Featured are Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” as well as works by Bach, Biber, Pärt, Victoria, Handl, and many other spiritual works. A related theme, and fitting in light of the 250-year birthday celebrations, is Beethoven’s late period from which we’ve included his string quartet Op 127, the Bagatelles Op 119 and his piano sonata Op 110, and the transition to the style of these late works. Toru Takemitsu, whose music echoes the mysteries of nature and the soul, also celebrates a round birthday this year – his 90th! Three of his works are included in the festival including his enigmatic piano trio “Between Tides”.


Our extraordinary guest artists this year include The Marian Consort, one of the best new vocal ensembles on the scene in Britain. Praised by The Scotsman for "performances that glow with golden purity and soul", the group is known for its innovative programs spanning works from the 15th century to the present day. We will have the pleasure of hearing this wonderful ensemble singing pieces by Tallis, Byrd, Handl, Gesualdo, Victoria, Pärt and works from the Engelberg Codex 314. Violinist Tobias Feldmann, a prize-winner and rising star in Germany, will bring his virtuosity and emotional depth to us in performances of works by Biber, Beethoven, Debussy, Pärt, Nono and Takemitsu. The Armenian-Danish pianist Marianna Shirinyan, winner of the ARD competition in 2006 and a sought-after chamber musician, will enrich this year’s program with performances of Beethoven’s Sonata Op 110 and Piano Trio Op 97 (the “Archduke”), as well as works by Bach, Ligeti, Debussy, Mahler and Takemitsu.


There are many paths to follow and many gems to discover this year – look forward to seeing you there!

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The Artists



The duration of the concerts is ca. 1h, except the Matinee 3/ "Seven last words" will be ca. 1 1/2h

1/ "Mirabile Mysterium" Fr. October 23rd 6pm Kursaal Details »
2/ "Affirmation" Fr. October 23rd 8pm Kursaal Details »
3/ "Seven last words" Sat. October 24th 10.30amBarocksaal Details »
"De-mystifying ensemble singing"
Workshop with The Marian Consort for young singers
Sat. October 24th 2.30pm Barocksaal Details »
4/ "Hay que caminar" Sat. October 24th 5pm Kursaal
from 6.15 festival-plate at the H+ Hotel, to be booked at the hotel
Details »
5/ "Archduke" Sat. October 24th 7.30pm Kursaal
from 8.30pm – 3 course meal at the H+ Hotel, to be booked directly at the hotel
Details »
6/ "Mysterium late Beethoven" Sun. October 25th 11.15am Barocksaal
10.30am Pre-Concert Talk
Details »
7/ "Between Tides" Sun. October 25th 2pmKursaal Details »
8/ Church concert "O magnum mysterium" Sun, October 25th 4pmKlosterkirche Details »
9/ "Quaerendo Invenietis" Sun. October 25th 6.30pmKursaal Details »


Packages and hotel bookings:
Festival hotel H+ Hotel & Spa
via email
or phone +41 (0)41 639 58 58


Festival passes and single tickets:


Festivalpass A 9 concerts
not included are dinner and workshop
CHF 320.- CHF 160.- Tickets
Festivalpass B 7 concerts
not included are the matinees(3,6), dinner and workshop
CHF 240.- CHF 120.- Tickets
Festivalpass C Fr/Sat 4 concerts
not included are the matinee(3), dinner and workshop
CHF 140.- CHF 70.- Tickets
Festivalpass D Sat/Sun 5 concerts
not included are the matinees(3,6), dinner and workshop
CHF 160.- CHF 80.- Tickets
Hotel packages per night in double room Fr. 80.-
(single-room supplement Fr. 25.-)
CHF 80.- in combination with one of the festival passes
bookable through the H+Hotel
Individual tickets CHF 40.- CHF 20.- Tickets
For the matinees at the Barocksaal (3,6) individual tickets are only available from October 10th
Workshop"De-mystifying ensemble singing"CHF 20.-CHF 10.- Tickets
Dinner at the H+Hotel Sat Oct 24th following
concert 4 (Festival-plate) CHF 20.- or
concert 5 (3-course dinner) CHF 35.-
Direkt über H+ Hotel buchen Contact


Safety Measures


In Kanton Obwalden it is obligatory to wear a face mask in all public spaces. We ask you to please keep your face mask on and to keep a safe distance from other audience members while entering and leaving the hall.

We are very thankful that the Zwischentöne Festival can take place this year and excited to bring live chamber music concerts to Engelberg again. At the same time, we want to be sure that our concerts happen in the safest way possible. We are committed to following the recommendations of the BAG and will modify our safety measures accordingly should the situation change.

The program consists of 9 concerts, each approximately 60 minutes in length (except for Concert Nr 3 which is approximately 90’) and there will be no intermissions. The majority of these concerts are in the newly re-opened Kursaal, allowing for safe distances as well as a chance to enjoy the atmosphere in this lovely Belle Époque hall.

Please book your tickets online if possible using our page Tickets and follow the instructions of our ushers. Seating will be allocated according to area preference (front, middle, back) and date of booking.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope, in spite of these extraordinary circumstances, that you will enjoy unforgettable concerts with us this October.



The festival hotel H+ Hotel&Spa offers special conditions for visitors of the Festival. Book your room together with the concert tickets, and live in the same hotel as the musicians.

Packages and Hotel bookings:
Festival hotel H+ Hotel & Spa
via email
or phone +41 (0)41 639 58 58


Pedro Zimmermann, Business Director




Getting there

Train: 43 Min. from Lucerne. Last connections from Engelberg 9.02pm/10.02pm/11.02pm/11.30pm. 

The monastery is an 8-minute walk from Engelberg station. 


Car: Drive via Stans. Parking next to the monastery. 




Cover foto Monastery: Christian Perret
Merel Quartet and E.Mätzener: Hannes Heinzer
ME. Woodside and R. Rosenfeld: Marco Borggreve at KKL Luzern
A. D'Amico: Rafael Rosenfeld
M. Shirinyan: Nikolai Lund
T. Feldmann: Kaupo Kikkas
The Marian Consort: Ben Durrant
Ch. Sutter: Dominic Ostertag
A. Besa: Ingo Höhn
R. Catalá: Luisa Larrave
N. Tochev: Remo Eisner
M. Rosenfeld Christian Kaufmann




We are very grateful to our partners:

Alice Rosner Foundation — Elsener-Gut Stiftung – Rolf und Trudy Aebi-Lüthy Stiftung – Geert und Lore Blanken-Schlemper Stiftung – Schüller-Stiftung – Thyll Stiftung – Schyn Holding AG – Verein Freunde Zwischentöne Engelberg