Symphony Concert 3

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Bernard Haitink | Till Fellner

Mozart | Bruckner

Sun, 14.04.17.00No. 19109

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019

 

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    Symphony Concert 3

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Bernard Haitink | Till Fellner

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 6 in A major WAB 106
    Performed in the version edited by Leopold Nowak

    The grand Easter Festival finale celebrates two milestone anniversaries: Bernard Haitink will have just turned 90 in March, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1949, marks its 70th birthday. Haitink has chosen two of his “desert-island” composers: Mozart and Bruckner. Together with the Austrian pianist Till Fellner – who is likewise an unpretentious artist dedicated entirely to music – he will perform Mozart’s late-period, symphonically rich C major Piano Concerto, K. 503, and Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony, which Haitink has never before conducted in Lucerne. “Even as a child, I had a relationship with Bruckner,” the Dutch maestro once said. “I was eight years old when I listened to a radio broadcast of the Eighth Symphony and was tremendously impressed. Since then I have never left this composer.” This great experience that he has gathered over the course of his career is what makes Haitink’s Bruckner interpretations seem so compelling and at the same time so natural.

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1949. As its first Chief Conductor, Eugen Jochum helped establish the Orchestra during his 11-year tenure and brought it international renown, especially through his Bruckner performances. Succeeding him was Rafael Kubelík (1961–79), who conducted the ensemble’s first Mahler cycle and expanded its repertoire to include works by Slavic composers as well as 20th-century music. Sir Colin Davis, an acclaimed Berlioz specialist, stood at the helm from 1983 to 1992 and proved to be an equally strong advocate for the Viennese Classical era as well as the works of British composers. Lorin Maazel held the reins from 1993 to 2002, leading complete cycles of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Schubert, and Mahler. Since October 2003, Mariss Jansons has held the position of Chief Conductor, playing a repertoire that ranges widely, from Haydn to Shostakovich and contemporary composers. Many renowned conductors have led the Orchestra, from Otto Klemperer and Karl Böhm through Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Leonard Bernstein to such leading figures of today as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welser-Möst, who are conducting the ensemble in the 2017-18 season. Each season, the BR Symphony premieres new works through its “musica viva” series and also performs on tour around the world. The musicians regularly travel to Asia and throughout the U.S. In 2017 they undertook two European tours, and in May 2018 they will perform in Riga, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has had an annual residency at Lucerne’s Easter Festival since 2004.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 August 1965 in a program of works by Bartók and Bruckner under Rafael Kubelík.

    February 2018

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was born in 1929 in Amsterdam. Trained as a violinist, he appeared on the podium for the first time in 1954 to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1956 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which in 1961 appointed him Music Director. For 27 years he had full responsibility there, and he is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he most recently (in June 2018) performed Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart. Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is the focus of his repertory. His interpretations of Bruckner, Mahler, and Shostakovich in particular have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally well known for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has devoted himself to cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival as an educator and since 2011 had led a master class in conducting each year at Easter. Haitink is a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau. In 2017 he received the highest civil distinction of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

    July 2018

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    Till Fellner

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