Symphony Concert 13

Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko | Yuja Wang

Dukas | Prokofiev | Schmidt

Thu, 30.08.19.30No. 18323

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    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, 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.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: www.berliner-philharmoniker.de

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    Kirill Petrenko

    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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    Yuja Wang

    Born in 1987 in Beijing, the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang began learning piano at the age of six. She initially studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city, transferring when she was 14 to the Mount Royal College in Calgary, Canada, and, one year later, to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she became a student of Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008. Wang made her debut with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in 2003, after which she appeared with major American ensembles, including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, she was artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. She traveled with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev to Asia and also toured Europe with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. In March 2019, Wang gave the world premiere of John Adams’s new Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. She appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic in June 2019 at the storied Summer Night Concert at Schlosspark Schönbrunn. Wang has enjoyed a long-lasting partnership with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, with whom she has recorded the complete Brahms sonatas. Her latest releases are The Berlin Recital, an album of works by composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev; and a CD with the clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer. The magazine Musical America chose Yuja Wang as Artist of the Year in 2017.

    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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