Symphony Concert 2

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons

Shostakovich

Sun, 20.03.18.30No. 16108

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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12.03.-20.03. 2016

 

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    Sunday
    18.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 2

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Mariss Jansons

    Mariss Jansons  conductor
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 “Leningrad”
    On 22 June 1941 Hitler’s Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Only ten weeks later, the Wehrmacht had encircled the metropolis of Leningrad, with its millions, and laid siege to the city for two and a half years. During these unimaginably long 872 days, the population was literally starved to death – more than 900,000 people fell victim to the blockade. It was in this city, in this situation, that Dmitri Shostakovich composed his Seventh Symphony, the Leningrad Symphony. It reflects these catastrophic events and yet at the end celebrates the triumph of humanity over tyranny. Particularly striking is the portrayal of marching Nazi troops that Shostakovich includes in the first movement, when he distorts the beginning of Lehár’s operetta hit “Da geh’ ich zu Maxim” into a militant version, making it the theme of 11 increasingly strident variations. For the Festival’s finale Mariss Jansons will conduct this harrowing musical monument: “You will not currently find a more qualified Shostakovich interpreter,” wrote DIE ZEIT about his recording of this work.

    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 and the works of British composers. Lorin Maazel held the reins from 1993 to 2002 and led 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 stars of today as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Franz Welser-Möst in the 2016-17 season. The Orchestra regularly premieres new works through its musica viva series. The BR Symphony performs on tour around the world: most recently, in late autumn 2016, they concertized in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, and, at the beginning of 2017, in Vienna, Paris, Wrocław, Katowice, Milan, Luxembourg, and Amsterdam. Since 2004 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has had an annual residency at Lucerne’s Easter Festival.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 August 1965 with works by Bartók and Bruckner, conducted by Rafael Kubelík.

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    Mariss Jansons

    Mariss Jansons was born in 1943 in Riga and is the son of conductor Ar-vīd 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. Jansons was a prize winner in the conducting competition of the Karajan Foundation in Berlin in 1971. In the same year, Evgeny Mravinsky made him his assistant at the Leningrad (now the St. Petersburg) 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 has guest conducted the finest orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; he has led the latter’s New Year’s concerts in 2006, 2012, and 2016. Jansons’ discography comprises many prize-winning recordings, including his Grammy-winning account of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13. Mariss Jansons is an honorary member of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna and of the Royal Academy of Music in London; the Berlin Philharmonic has honored him with the Bülow Medal, the City of Vienna with the Golden Medal of Honor, the State of Austria with the Honorary Cross for Science and Art, and the Federal Republic of Germany with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit. In 2013 Jansons, who is also a member of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art and a knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the music world.

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

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