Symphony Concert 3

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons | Emanuel Ax

Prokofiev | Mozart | Sibelius

Sun, 09.04. | 17.00 | No. 17110

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

01.04.-09.04. 2017




    Symphony Concert 3

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons | Emanuel Ax

    Mariss Jansons  conductor
    Emanuel Ax  piano
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 Symphonie classique
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 482
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

    What a way to declare your love! In 2015 Mariss Jansons, a highly sought-after maestro, stepped down from his position leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and even turned down the Berlin Philharmonic – to be able to devote himself entirely to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Jansons refers to their partnership as a “gift” and says: “Their musical professionalism and human quality are second to none.” Lucerne’s audiences know quite well that the performances by the Latvian conductor and his Munich ensembles – Jansons also helms the Bavarian Radio Choir – ensure musically thrilling experiences: since 2004 they have served as the resident ensemble that regularly performs the crowning final concerts of the Easter Festival. For this year’s concluding concert, Jansons will take on symphonies by Prokofiev and Sibelius, masterpieces from the early 20th century. He will also join with the American poet of the piano Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s celestial Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482: a finale made to order.

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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.

    February 2019

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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.

    February 2018

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    Emanuel Ax

    The American pianist Emanuel Ax was born in 1949 to Polish parents in Lviv, Ukraine, where he took his first piano lessons at the age of six from his father. Following a stopover in Warsaw, the family moved to Winnipeg in Canada in 1959 and then to New York City in 1961. It was there that Ax continued his training with Mieczysław Munz at the Juilliard School. He won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in 1973 and the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv a year later; in 1979 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Since then, throughout an international career that has spanned four decades, Ax has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. His calendar for the 2019-20 season includes engagements with the New York, Los Angeles, and Rotterdam Philharmonics and the London and San Francisco Symphonies. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, chamber music plays an important role for Ax. He formerly collaborated with Isaac Stern in a duo and nowadays performs with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos, with whom he most recently released accounts of the Brahms Piano Trios. Emanuel Ax’s repertoire encompasses not only the most significant works of the Classical and Romantic periods but also numerous contemporary compositions written specifically for him, such as HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto, which he premiered with the New York Philharmonic in 2017. Emanuel Ax has received the Grammy Award no fewer than seven times: one each for two installments of his recordings of the Haydn sonatas and five for various chamber music releases with Yo-Yo Ma. Emanuel Ax is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from both Yale and Columbia Universities.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 1986 in a chamber music evening with Young Uck Kim and Yo-Yo Ma.

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