Symphony Concert 5

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons | Denis Matsuev

Schumann | Rachmaninoff | Bernstein

Sun, 25.03.17.00No. 18110

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018

 

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    Symphony Concert 5

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons | Denis Matsuev

    Mariss Jansons  conductor
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 Spring Symphony
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
    Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
    Divertimento for Orchestra

    For the Easter Festival’s closing concert, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra make a seasonal contribution: just in time for the start of spring, they will play Schumann’s Spring Symphony, which he composed at the end of the winter of 1841, as he reported, “in that rush of spring which carries a man away even in his old age, and comes over him anew every year.” Schumann recommended to a conductor friend: “I should like the very first trumpet call to sound as though proceeding from on high and like a summons to awaken.” He added: “If only you could breathe into your orchestra that longing for spring! It was my main source of inspiration when I wrote the work.” Meanwhile, Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody, in which the Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will perform, is a work of diabolical virtuosity. And with the Divertimento for Orchestra, Jansons takes part in the worldwide celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein – with a cornucopia of styles, from waltz to samba and blues.

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    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.

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    Mariss Jansons

    Mariss Jansons was born in 1943 in Riga as the son of the conductor Arvīds Jansons. He studied violin, piano, and conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, completing his training as a student of Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and of Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. He was a winner the Karajan Competition in Berlin in 1971, and in the same year Evgeny Mravinsky appointed Jansons to be his assistant at the Leningrad Philharmonic. From 1979 to 2000 Jansons served as Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1997 to 2004 he was Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since 2003 he has led the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in 2004, for 11 years, he additionally led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which named him Honorary Conductor in 2015. Jansons guest conducts the finest orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; he has conducted the latter’s New Year’s concerts three times (in 2006, 2012, and 2016). His discography comprises many prize-winning recordings, including a Grammy-winning account of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13. Mariss Jansons is an honorary member of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Berlin Philharmonic, which has also bestowed him with the Bülow Medal. He received the Golden Medal of Honor from the  City of Vienna, the Honorary Cross for Science and Art from the State of Austria, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Jansons, who is also a member of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, a knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2013, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal in 2017, and the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 April 1992 with the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Weber, Strauss, and Mahler.

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    Denis Matsuev

    The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev was born in 1975 into a musical family in Irkutsk, Siberia. Initially, he trained with his father, until at the age of 15 he continued his piano studies in Moscow with Alexei Nasedkin and Sergei Dorensky. Matsuev won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 and was subsequently invited to perform around the world. Since then, he has been a guest artist at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the leading London and American orchestras. Through these engagements, Denis Matsuev has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, and Yuri Temirkanov. Matsuev has received praise especially for his Rachmaninoff interpretations. At the invitation of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, he has played works by the composer on his own concert grand in the Villa “Senar” near Lucerne. He serves as Artistic Director of the Annecy Classic Festival in France, the Stars on Baikal, the Crescendo series, and Astana Piano Passion; as Chairman of the New Names Foundation, he supports the emerging musical generation in his homeland. In the 2017-18 season, Matsuev is collaborating with the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden as “Capell-Virtuos”; he is also performing with the Vienna and Munich Philharmonics, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Filarmonica della Scala. Denis Matsuev will be an Ambassador of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for the opening of which he is preparing a concert in Red Square in Moscow.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2013, performing Rachmaninoff’s
    Third Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov.

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