12. August - 27. August 2009
In summer 2009, Claudio Abbado and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will add three more tiers to their highly acclaimed Mahler cycle: the First and Fourth Symphonies and the Rückert Lieder, sung by this year's artiste étoile Magdalena Kožená. The opening program will also treat listeners to a spectacular début as the twenty-two-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays Serge Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. Daniel Barenboim has said of Mlle Wang that "she has a technique fully on a par with Lang Lang's and musicianship that beggars belief."
This year the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will present no fewer than three symphony concerts. Two of them will feature seminal works on the theme of Nature: Robert Schumann's secular oratorio Das Paradis und die Peri and Carl Maria von Weber's romantic opera Der Freischütz. In addition to works by Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and George Benjamin, the third concert will present the world première of Jörg Widmann's new oboe concerto allowing the orchestra members to display their mastery in the performance of a contemporary score.
They stopped being an insiders' tip long ago: the chamber recitals mounted every season by soloists from the ranks of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. This coming August the Lucerne Festival Brass, headed by Reinhold Friedrich, will play a program as varied as it amusing under the title "Nature's Concord." The string and woodwind players will tackle octets by Felix Mendelssohn and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. Nor will the smaller formats be neglected, for the third recital will regale audiences with a Beethoven string trio, a Brahms piano quartet, and variations for flute and piano by Franz Schubert.