Nestling on a plateau surrounded with a forest of
green trees, the monastery chapel of Pernegg is a haven of peace
between Rosenburg, its magnificent Renaissance castle and Geras,
a real sanctuary of beauty and calm, perfectly conducive to artistic
This small corner of Lower Austria near the Czech border
is the theatre or rather the stage of the chamber music festival
"Julian Rachlin Presents" that is so highly appreciated
by chamber music lovers.
Renaissance castle of Rosenburg sits on a high cliff overlooking
the Kamp River. It is the site of a nicely-furbished museum,
as well as an exhibit of splendid period furnishings.
For three days, Pernegg lives to the rhythm of Julian
Rachlin's violin and his virtuoso friends: Itamar Golan, Boris
Andrianov, Aleksey Igudesman, Janine Jansen and young Alexandra
Soumm. The festival, now in its fourth edition, once again welcomed
Sir Roger Moore and his close friend Julian Rachlin. The two men
forged a solid friendship a few years ago in Monaco and met at
festivals around the world where Sir Roger displays his exceptional
skill as a narrator.
In March this year, he joined Julian Rachlin at
the fourth chamber music festival in Eilat, Israel, where he recited
a text entitled "Carnival of The Animals" by Camille
Saint-Saëns. Sir Roger donated UNICEF the $5,000 he was paid
for the performance. The donation will support a program to combat
AIDS in Swaziland.
of the exhibition in Pernegg
Hours before the festival on Sunday June 7th, people
hustled to the opening of a unique exhibition of Gugging artists.
Thanks to collector Hannah Rieger and the Foundation GlobArt,
works by Laila Vachtiar, Johann Fisher, Johann Hauser, Franz Kamland,
Franz Kernbeis, Fritz Koller, as well as pieces by Johann Korec,
Arnold Schmidt, Oswald and August Walla Tschirtner were exhibited
Applause resounded in the monastery to works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn
and Shostakovich performed by pianist Itamar Golan, violinist
Julian Rachlin and cellist Boris Andrianov.
The artists accompanied by Sir Roger Moore, his wife Lady Kristina
and her daughter Christina, were chauffered to Geras for a gala
dinner in aid of UNICEF. The guests enjoyed a huge mouth-watering
buffet in the dining room of the Kunst & Kultur Seminar Hotel,
a former granary that has been tastefully renovated.
Roger and Lady Kristina enjoying the UNICEF gala dinner
at the Kunst & Kultur Seminar Hotel in Geras
The complicity between Sir Roger and Julian Rachlin was obvious.
It was a meeting of two multi-talented artists, guided by the
same impulses of generosity, both for their respective public
and in support of UNICEF. We witnessed a symbol of a possible
transfer of power when Sir Roger removed his pin as Ambassador
to UNICEF and gave it to his friend, thereby officially nominating
him for his succession.
Sir Roger and Julian Rachlin at the UNICEF gala dinner in
After the meal, an autographed photo by Roger Moore and Tony
Curtis and a magnum of wine were auctioned. The famous theme tune
of John Barry resonates in our minds. The auction too was in support
of UNICEF. Children walked around the guests to raise funds, collecting
them on a large glass vase. Quite a nice sum of 6,475EUR was collected
The next day, the festivities moved to the restaurant opposite
Rosenburg castle. Sir Roger Moore and Julian Rachlin, side by
side, gave an interview to Ursula Magnes, a journalist who specializes
in classical music.
At the end of the interview, Sir Roger happily took part in a
short session, signing his autobiography.
The second evening of the festival saw a new choice performance
by Boris Andrianov playing a suite for cello by Ernst Krenek.
As for Julian Rachlin and Itamar Golan, they offered us a sonata
for violin and piano op. 78 by Brahms.
The climax of the festival saw the duo, Janine Jansen and Itamar
Golan performing for us the Italian Suite for violin and piano
by Stravinsky followed by a quintet for piano, two violins and
a cello by César Franck. After the pause, it was Sir Roger's
turn on the stage for moments of emotion ... and of course, humour.
Seated and facing the audience, he recited short poems by facetious
Aleksey Igudesman, interspersed with music from the world. The
Curacacha, Tango Sin Nombre, My Bonnie flies over the Ocean, Danny
Boy, Irish Strew in the Morning, Tucuman Y Callao, Richard Will
not Like It! In The Woods accompanied funny stories (Cats and
Pigs, My Love for You is Like a three day flu, My brain has just
Exploded) or more profound ones (Your Soul, On My Way). Sir Roger's
intonation and facial expressions delighted a captivated audience.
The finalé was bound to be special; and so it was! Aspiring
young violinists entered the stage, led by their teacher under
the benevolent gaze of their elders. There was a mixture of joy
and excitement to see and hear several generations of talented
musicians on the same stage.
All the performances of the evening as well as the
two prior ones greatly deserved the bursts of applause and the
long standing ovation.
left to right : Janine Jansen, Alexandra Soumm, the young
violonists, Alexey Igudesman, Julian Rachlin and Sir Roger
Thank you to everyone at GlobArt who made this festival an unforgettable
event. For more information, please visit Julian
Report : Marie-France
Vienne (Sir Roger Moore Official Website)
Photos © Philippe