Symphony Concert 12

Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko

Strauss | Beethoven

Wed, 29.08.19.30No. 18321

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    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.

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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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