Anna Vinnitskaya © Marco Borggreve
Anna Vinnitskaya © Marco Borggreve
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Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko | Anna Vinnitskaya
Josef Suk has been high on Kirill Petrenko’s list of priorities ever since he discovered the Czech composer’s music as a student. Suk’s opulent sound world, which combines echoes of Wagner with the Bohemian tradition and influences from Impressionism, captivated him from the start. For the Berlin Philharmonic’s second performance, Petrenko has chosen A Summer’s Tale, which Suk composed after the deaths of his beloved wife Otilie and father-in-law Antonín Dvořák. The five movements represent a journey through the day, from the first hour of the morning until deep into the night, representing the attempt to find one’s way back to life after suffering tragedy. But in the process, the imaginary “hero” also has to contend with crazy delusions, hallucinations, and a witches’ sabbath before he finds peace in the end. The concert will be opened by Anna Vinnitskaya, who is celebrated as both a virtuoso and a poet of sound: she will play the breath-taking D-flat major Piano Concerto, with which the young Sergei Prokofiev suddenly rose to fame as an “enfant terrible.”
Berliner Philharmoniker | Kirill Petrenko © Monika Rittershaus
In 1882 a group of 54 ambitious musicians in Berlin formed an orchestra to perform concerts under their own aegis, thus giving birth to the Berlin Philharmonic. As their leader they chose Hans von Bülow, one of the finest conductors of the era, who laid the foundations for the Philharmonic’s culture of distinguished playing. His successors have included Arthur Nikisch (1895–1922), Wilhelm Furt-wängler (1922–54), and Herbert von Karajan (1955–89), all of whom developed the signature Berlin sound. It was in the Karajan era that the Berlin Philharmonic attained worldwide fame through its tours and many prize-winning recordings. Since October 1963, the Philharmonic’s home has been the Philharmonie in Berlin, a 2,400-seat concert hall designed by Hans Scharoun. After Karajan’s death in 1989, the players elected Claudio Abbado as their leader. He expanded the repertoire to include contemporary works and introduced program cycles focusing on specific themes. Sir Simon Rattle, who stood at the helm from 2002 until the summer of 2018, performed music from the Baroque to the present. Kirill Petrenko began his tenure as Chief Conductor in August 2019; in his inaugural season, he will conduct such symphonic milestones as Beethoven’s Ninth and Mahler’s Sixth as well as music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Josef Suk. With its Digital Concert Hall, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019, the orchestra meanwhile reaches an audience of millions around the world and annually streams 40 concerts live on the Internet. The ensemble has been releasing CDs and DVDs on its in-house Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label since 2014. Once a year, the musicians also perform as an opera orchestra during their Easter Festival, which has been taking place in Baden-Baden since 2013. The Berlin Philharmonic performed Verdi’s Otello there in 2019, and for 2020 they have programmed Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Petrenko.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) on 30 August 1958 playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.
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Kirill Petrenko © Kai Bienert
Kirill Petrenko, who became Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic as of August 2019, was born in the Siberian city of Omsk in 1972. At the age of 18, he moved with his family to Vorarlberg in Austria. Following his conductor training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, he worked as an assistant and lead conductor at the Vienna Volksoper starting in 1997; he subsequently became Music Director at the Meiningen Theater (from 1999 to 2002). Petrenko first attracted international attention in 2001 when he conducted Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in the production by Christine Mielitz with designs by Alfred Hrdlicka. From 2002 to 2007, he was General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin. He also appeared at the Bavarian and Vienna State Opera companies, Dres-
den Semperoper, Oper Frankfurt, the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Salzburg Festival. From 2013 to 2015, he conducted a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival. In the fall of 2013, Petrenko took up his post as General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera, which he will hold until the end of the 2019-20 season. In the concert hall, he has conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the London and Israel Philharmonics. Kirill Petrenko made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in February 2006 with works by Bartók and Rachmaninoff. The orchestra elected him to be its future Chief Conductor in June 2015. During his first season at the helm, he will conduct the musicians in five programs and in May 2020 will tour with them to Israel.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2016, when Petrenko conducted the Bavarian Staatsorchester in a Wagner-Strauss program.
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Anna Vinnitskaya © Gela Magrelidze
Anna Vinnitskaya wurde 1983 im russischen Noworossijsk, einer Hafenstadt am Schwarzen Meer, als Tochter eines Pianistenpaars geboren. Im Alter von sechs Jahren begann sie ihre Klavierausbildung bei ihrer Mutter, mit neun Jahren gab sie ihren ersten Klavierabend. Ihr Studium absolvierte Anna Vinnitskaya dann bei Sergej Ossipenko am Rachmaninow-Konservatorium in Rostow am Don und bei Evgeni Koroliov an der Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Dort wurde sie im Oktober 2009 selbst zur Professorin für Klavier berufen. Anna Vinnitskaya begründete ihre internationale Laufbahn 2007 mit dem Ersten Preis beim «Concours Reine Elisabeth» in Brüssel; 2008 wurde ihr beim Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival der «Leonard Bernstein Award» verliehen. Seither konzertierte sie mit dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, dem Israel Philharmonic, den Münchner Philharmonikern, dem Belgischen Nationalorchester, dem Sinfonieorchester Basel und diversen deutschen Radio-Sinfonieorchestern. Dabei arbeitete sie mit Dirigenten wie Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Kirill Petrenko und Juraj Valcuha zusammen. Mit Rezitalen gastierte Anna Vinnitskaya in den meisten Ländern Europas sowie in den USA, Brasilien, Japan, Korea und China; auch das Rheingau Musik Festival, das Verbier Festival und das Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron luden sie für Konzerte ein. Seit der Spielzeit 2009/10 gehört Anna Vinnitskaya überdies zu den Künstlern der Reihe «Junge Wilde» am Konzerthaus Dortmund. Ihre Debut-CD mit Werken von Rachmaninow, Gubaidulina, Medtner und Prokofjew, die 2009 erschien, wurde u. a. mit dem «Diapason d’Or» ausgezeichnet; im Herbst 2010 folgten Klavierkonzerte von Prokofjew und Ravel, die sie mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin unter Gilbert Varga eingespielt hat.
Introduction to the Conert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
with Susanne Stähr (in German)