19 November - 25 November 2012
A Frenzy of Fingers
“The piano,” as Alfred Brendel once put it, “can do everything.” It enchants with delicate hues and overwhelms with orchestral sonorities; it can set off virtuoso fireworks and bewitch with the most intimate lyricism. And so every fall we give this miraculous instrument a festival of its own. Over the course of seven days, Lucerne is transformed into a Mecca of keyboard artistry as master pianists from around the world convene in the idyllic setting of Lake Lucerne.
On hand for the scintillating launch of the 2012 Festival is one of the finest piano duos in the world: Katia and Marielle Labèque, a lively pair of sisters. Leon Fleisher’s recital entails a moving encounter with a legendary pianist—and one of the rare European appearances by this venerable American master. And András Schiff will probe Beethoven’s sonatas, a realm in which he has immersed himself like no other.
Bernard Haitink’s recent partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe promises some glorious music-making as well. After his epic Beethoven and Brahms cycles, the conductor now turns his attention to Ravel’s two piano concertos, which he will pair with the late symphonies of Mozart. The featured soloist is Jean-Yves Thibaudet, one of the most acclaimed performers of the French repertoire. And anyone curious about what tomorrow’s stars will sound like should not miss our Debut series of concerts. Pianists like the Georgian Nino Gvetadze and the Russian Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, represent the bright promise and talent of the young generation of pianists.