Symphony Concert 13

Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko | Yuja Wang

Dukas | Prokofiev | Schmidt

Thu, 18323

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 13

    Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko | Yuja Wang

    Kirill Petrenko  conductor
    Yuja Wang  piano

    60th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Lucerne debut

    Paul Dukas (1865–1935)
    La Péri, ou La Fleur d’immortalité
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
    Franz Schmidt (1874–1939)
    Symphony No. 4 in C major

    What could be worse for parents than having to face the death of their own child? The Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, one of the last of the Romantics, had to endure this traumatic experience when his only daughter, Emma, passed away in March 1932. He subsequently wrote a kind of Requiem with his Fourth Symphony, which includes elegiac laments, a wide-ranging funeral march, and, at the end, a celebration of farewell: “a dying in beauty,” as Schmidt said, “with the whole of one’s life passing in review.” Kirill Petrenko will perform this seldom-played work with the Berlin Philharmonic. They will also be joined by the Chinese hypervirtuosa Yuja Wang in Sergei Prokofiev’s most popular Piano Concerto, the spirited Third. The program begins in the world of Persian fairy-tale with Paul Dukas’s ballet score to La Péri from 1911, which recounts the story of a good fairy who is half-angel, half-human. And this Impressionist-flavored piece by no means needs to yield ground to Dukas’s better-known The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will broadcast this concert live.

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    Berlin Philharmonic

    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 stood at the helm from 2002 until the summer 2018, performing music from the Baroque to the present. Kirill Petrenko will become his successor in the summer of 2019 but is already conducting the Philharmonic in the current season. The orchestra, which celebrates its 60th anniversary at LUCERNE FESTIVAL this summer, has been forging new paths into the future through its award-winning education program as well as the Digital Concert Hall, which launched in 2009 and which streams many concerts on the Internet. Since 2014 the ensemble has been releasing CDs and DVDs on its in-house Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label. Once a year, the musicians also perform as an opera orchestra as part of their Easter Festival, which has been taking place in Baden-
    Baden since 2013. In 2018 the Berlin Philharmonic performed Wagner’s Parsifal there, and for 2019 they have programmed Verdi’s Otello.

    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

    Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 2019-20 season. Born in 1972 in Omsk in western Siberia to a violinist father and a musicologist mother, he performed as a pianist with the symphony orchestra of his native city when he was only eleven. In 1990 the family resettled in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he undertook formal music studies at the Vorarlberg Conservatory in Feldkirch, completing them with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, in 1995. Soon after, he was engaged as Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper; in 1997 he became General Music Director at the Meiningen Theater, earning great attention there with a production of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, each of whose parts was premiered on four successive nights. From 2002 to 2007, Petrenko served as General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin, and since 2013 he has held the same post at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he will present new productions of Verdi’s Otello and Strauss’s Salome in the 2019–20 season. Petrenko has appeared as a guest conductor at such internationally renowned companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera in London, the Opéra national de Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He conducted the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival from 2013 to 2015. In the concert hall, Petrenko has partnered with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London and Israel Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was chosen by both the critics of the magazine Opernwelt and the International Opera Award jury as Conductor of the Year in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut  on 7 September 2016, when Petrenko conducted the Bavarian Staatsorchester in a Wagner-Strauss program.

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    Yuja Wang

    Born in Beijing in 1987, the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang had her first piano lessons at the age of six. She initially studied at the Central Music Conservatory of her native city and went on to attend Canada’s Mount Royal College in Calgary at 14 and, one year later, became a student of Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. In 2003 Yuja Wang made her debut playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Performances with the leading American ensembles followed, including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the summer of 2009, at LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s opening concert, Yuja Wang played Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto under Claudio Abbado; this collaboration continued with a recording of works by Rachmaninoff which was released in 2011. Yuja Wang has meanwhile also collaborated in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Staatskapelle; in May 2015 came her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. She has played under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In the 2015-16 season she will undertake an Asian tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a European tour with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana under Gustavo Dudamel; she will also concertize with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, during the past season she performed with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, with whom she also has recorded the Brahms sonatas. Yuja Wang won the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010 and an ECHO Klassik Award in 2011.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under Claudio Abbado.

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    18.30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

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