16 March - 24 March 2013
A Brilliant Launch for the Anniversary Festival Season
LUCERNE FESTIVAL launches the jubilee season in spectacular fashion! To begin, Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart from Bologna will provide a glamorous launch as they perform two concerts featuring the incomparable Martha Argerich in famous piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart; these will be paired with symphonies and overtures by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. Then Gustavo Dudamel does us the honor of conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the first time in Lucerne. A veritable tornado on the podium, Dudamel has selected a tour program consisting of the colorful sounds of Debussy and Stravinsky, as well as John Adams’s brand-new oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, which recounts the Passion of Jesus from the point of view of Mary Magdalene. Adams’s setting of the Passion will be experienced in a scenic staging by the star American director Peter Sellars and will have been unveiled only two weeks beforehand in Los Angeles.
An especially wide variety of sacred music, traditionally the focus of LUCERNE FESTIVAL at Easter, will be heard this year, including such works as Francis Poulenc’s Stabat mater and Georges Bizet’s seldom-performed Te Deum. Mariss Jansons and the ensembles of Bavarian Radio will take on one of the most famous works by Benjamin Britten, whose 100th birthday the music world celebrates in 2013 – his moving War Requiem, written in 1961 to mark the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed in the Second World War. Jansons will also conduct a concert featuring symphonic credos by Beethoven and Shostakovich. And what would the Easter season be without J.S. Bach? John Eliot Gardiner will explore the profundities of Bach’s St. John Passion with the phenomenal Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. And the great violinist Isabelle Faust will traverse the cosmos comprised by Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.