LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly © Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival

The Festival’s Free Digital Selection

From April 1 to 4, we will open up our archives and broadcast three legendary concerts from past years free of charge via the Internet. In addition, you can watch Weltklasse am Wasser, the documentary film produced in 2013 to celebrate LUCERNE FESTIVAL's 75th birthday that sheds light on our history through fascinating interviews and rare film footage.


These will be available for free during the time frames described below: simply register as a guest using the log In button on's website.

Chailly Conducts Rachmaninoff

Riccardo Chailly is a passionate Rachmaninoff fan. This explains why he is currently engaged in conducting the complete cycle of the Russian composer's symphonies and piano concertos with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. The cycle was launched in the summer of 2019 with the Third Symphony and Third Piano Concerto, which featured the phenomenal Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev as soloist. The critics of the Badische Zeitung wrote that the orchestra produced “a miracle of sound,” surpassing itself in quality.

Starting on 1 April 2020 at 19.00 Swiss time, available for 24 hours

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© Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival

Wagner in Switzerland

In 2013, to celebrate Richard Wagner's 200th birthday, selected members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA joined with mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman to perform selected works by the master at an historic location: the Wagner Villa in Tribschen, where he lived from 1866 to 1872. The Siegfried Idyll, which Wagner gifted to his wife Cosima on her 33rd birthday and premiered on the villa’s  staircase on 25 December 1870, is among the works on this program, which also includes the Wesendonck Lieder and the Prelude to Lohengrin.

Starting on 2 April 2020 at 19.00 Swiss time, available for 24 hours

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Richard Wagner Museum Lucerne

Documentary Film "World Class on the Water"

In 2013, LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrated its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Béla Batthyany and Bernie Forster made the documentary film Weltklasse am Wasser, which recounts and illuminates the Festival’s history. It gives a chance to re-encounter many of the favorite personalities from this storied past onscreen, from Arturo Toscanini and Herbert von Karajan to Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez. The documentary (which includes English subtitles) offers fascinating insights behind the scenes as well.

Starting on 3 April 2020 at 19.00 Swiss time, available for 24 hours 

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Arturo Toscanini © Jean Schneider/Archives LUCERNE FESTIVAL

Abbado Conducts Mahler

Claudio Abbado and Gustav Mahler: a symbiotic connection that guarantees sublime musical experiences. With his LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, Abbado performed almost all of the Mahler symphonies between 2003 and 2011. Their interpretation of the Ninth, the last symphony that Mahler managed to complete, was on the program in the summer of 2010: "This evening will go down in the annals of the Festival," wrote the Neue Zürcher Zeitung at the time.

Starting on 4 April 2020 at 20.00 Swiss time, available for 24 hours

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