Symphony Concert 3

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Bernard Haitink | Till Fellner

Mozart | Bruckner

Sun, 14.04. | 17.00 | No. 19109

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019




    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.

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    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.  As its first Chief Conductor, Eugen Jochum developed the Orchestra during his 11-year tenure and brought it international renown, especially through his Bruckner performances. His successor was Rafael Kubelík (1961–79), who expanded its repertoire to include works by Slavic composers, led its first Mahler cycle, and became a champion of 20th-century music. Sir Colin Davis, an acclaimed Berlioz specialist, stood at the helm from 1983 to 1992 and was a dedicated advocate of the Mozart repertoire and of 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, presenting 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 stars of the present as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Sir Simon Rattle, and Franz Welser-Möst, all of whom are scheduled to conduct the ensemble during the 2018-19 season. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra regularly presents world premieres of new works through its “musica viva” series. The orchestra also performs international tours: in November 2018, the musicians concertized under Zubin Mehta in Taiwan, Japan (earning the votes of leading Japanese music critics for top place on their “best concerts of 2018” lists), and Korea and, in March 2019, undertook a European tour with Mariss Jansons. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has appeared in 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.

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink, who was born in Amsterdam, celebrated his 90th birthday in March. It was 65 years ago, in July 1954, that Haitink, who had been trained as a violinist, appeared on the podium for the first time to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in 1956 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which appointed him Music Director in 1961. For 27 years he had full responsibility there and is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he last appeared in December 2018 in a program of works by Mozart and Bruckner. 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. His interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally acclaimed for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in cycles devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He has also been closely associated with the Festival as an educator and, from 2011 to 2018, led an annual master class in conducting 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 was named Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. Following this summer, Bernard Haitink will end his career: he will give his final concert on 6 September at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

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

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    Till Fellner

    The Austrian pianist Till Fellner, who was born in 1972, studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler in his native Vienna and gained lasting inspiration from master classes with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster. His international career began in 1993, when he took first prize at the Concours Clara Haskil. He currently performs with such orchestras as the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Fellner made his debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in September 2018 and with the London Symphony Orchestra in March 2019. His partners on the podium have included such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, and Kirill Petrenko. Fellner’s solo repertoire focuses on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and the 32 Beethoven sonatas, which he has presented as a complete cycle in New York, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. He is also committed to contemporary music and has premiered works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, and Hans Zender, among others. As a chamber musician, Fellner regularly performs with the British tenor Mark Padmore and with the Belcea Quartet, with whom he recorded Brahms’s Piano Quintet in 2016, winning the Diapason d’or de l’Année. In February and March 2019, he toured the United States with the cellist Johannes Moser. His discography includes piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as solo works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, and Reubke. His most recent recording, which was released in November 2018, is the album Till Fellner: In Concert, which includes the first volume of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage and Beethoven’s final piano sonata.

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