Symphony Concert 12

Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko

Strauss | Beethoven

Wed, 18321

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018



    Kirill Petrenko  conductor

    60th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Lucerne debut

    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Don Juan, Op. 20
    Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

    The start of a new era: officially, not until 2019 will Kirill Petrenko embark on his tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, but he is already conducting the orchestra in their two concerts here this summer, when the Philharmonic celebrates the 60th anniversary of its LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut. With the 46-year-old Petrenko, the Philharmonic has chosen one of the most charismatic star conductors to be its leader. Petrenko is a tremendously radiant bundle of energy who can inspire the musicians to veritable heights, in the process literally bringing the audience to their feet. At the same time, he is an uncompromising seeker of the truth who breathes music, which is why he studies each score meticulously, down to its finest detail. The result is that even such frequently performed works as Beethoven’s dancelike Seventh Symphony or the rapturous tone poems of Richard Strauss, which have long been part of the Berliners’ core repertoire, sound as fresh and rejuvenated as if they had just been composed.

    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 Furtwängler (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. Since September 2002 Simon Rattle has stood at the helm, performing music from the Baroque to the present. The musicians have chosen Kirill Petrenko to be Rattle’s successor when he leaves the Philharmonic in 2018. The Philharmonic is forging new paths into the future through initiatives that include an award-winning education program aimed at younger audience members and with the Digital Concert Hall, which launched in 2009 and which streams concerts on the Internet. Since 2014 the ensemble has been releasing a series of self-produced 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, after 45 years in Salzburg, has been taking place in Baden-Baden since 2013. In 2017 the Berlin Philharmonic performed Puccini’s Tosca there, and for 2018 they have programmed Wagner’s Parsifal.

    May 2017

    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

    The conductor Kirill Petrenko was born in Omsk. After beginning his musical studies in 1990 in Feldkirch, Austria, and graduating with distinction in Vienna, he continued his training as an assistant to Myung-Whun Chung, Peter Eötvös, and Semyon Bychkov. In 1995 he began his professional career as Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper, and in 1997 he became General Music Director at the Meiningen Theater. There he conducted a production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which garnered considerable attention, with premieres on four successive evenings. From 2002 to 2007 Petrenko served as General Music Director at the Komische Oper Berlin. During that time his international career also developed through performances at the Vienna and Dresden Staatsoper companies, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 2013 he made his Bay-
    reuth Festival debut with the
    Ring cycle. Petrenko subsequently began his tenure as General Music Director at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he conducted Strauss’s Frau ohne Schatten, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, Berg’s Lulu, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Srnka’s South Pole, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In the 2016-17 season he will lead new productions in Munich of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth and Wagner’s Tannhäuser. In June 2015 the Berlin Philharmonic chose Kirill Petrenko as their new chief conductor and the successor of Sir Simon Rattle – a position that he will begin in 2019. On the concert podium Petrenko has also worked with the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London and Israel Philharmonics, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In April 2016 he led the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

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