Symphony Concert 27

Boston Symphony Orchestra | Andris Nelsons | Baiba Skride

Bernstein | Shostakovich

Wed, 12.09. | 19.30 | No. 18352

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 27

    Boston Symphony Orchestra | Andris Nelsons | Baiba Skride

    Andris Nelsons  conductor
    Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
    Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) for violin, string orchestra, harp, and percussion
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

    Leonard Bernstein had an endless supply of talents, and these he possessed in abundance. Arthur Rubinstein once remarked on these in a slightly wicked way when he said that Bernstein was “the greatest pianist among the conductors, the greatest conductor among composers, the greatest composer among pianists.” But Bernstein need not shy away from comparisons as a composer among composers – such is the realization lately being underscored during this anniversary year of 2018, which marks the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and is bringing reassessments of many of his works. Andris Nelsons and Baiba Skride will prove the point with Serenade, a five-movement Violin Concerto from 1954. In the second part of the program, the fabulous Boston Symphony Orchestra will play Shostakovich’s most devastating Symphony, the Fourth, with its eerie coda of 236 measures in which we hear the throbbing rhythm of a heartbeat that comes to a rest at the end. Shostakovich was unable to premiere this very personal work until after Stalin’s death, 25 years after completing the score; at the time when it was composed, this music might have cost him his life. 

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    Boston Symphony Orchestra

    On 22 October 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its opening concert, realizing the dream of its founder, the Civil War veteran, philanthropist, and businessman Henry Lee Higginson, who wanted his native city to have its own major orchestra. Among the first music directors were such figures as Georg Henschel, Arthur Nikisch, Max Fiedler, Karl Muck, and Pierre Monteux. Lasting from 1924 to 1949, for a quarter-century, the tenure of Serge Koussevitzky was a period in which the Boston Symphony Orchestra established its annual summer residency in Tanglewood, starting in 1937. Koussevitzky was succeeded by Charles Munch (1949–62), Erich Leinsdorf (1962–69), William Steinberg (1969–72), Seiji Ozawa (1973–2001), and James Levine (2004–11), who was the first American-born conductor to helm the orchestra. Since 2014, the Latvian maestro Andris Nelsons has held the post of Music Director; he has meanwhile extended his contract until 2022. In the 2017-18 season, he led twelve programs with a widely ranging repertoire, three of which were also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and he undertook his first joint tour with the orchestra to Japan. Since 2016, the British composer, conductor, and pianist Thomas Adès has been serving as Artistic Partner. The Boston Symphony Orchestra reaches an audience of millions each year through its concerts, which take place at Symphony Hall, as well as on tours and via radio and television broadcasts and Internet streaming. The BSO Youth Concerts aim to attract the audience of the future, while the Tanglewood Music Center offers one of the best training facilities for professional young musicians. The Boston Symphony Chamber Music Players and the Boston Pops Orchestra are two independent ensembles comprising musicians from the orchestra who are respectively devoted to chamber music and lighter music.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 27 August 1979 with works by Bartók, Respighi, and Ravel conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

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    Andris Nelsons

    Andris Nelsons, who was born in Riga in 1978, grew up in a family of musicians and began his career as a trumpeter at the Latvian National Opera. He continued his education as a conductor at the same time, studying this discipline with Alexander Titov in St. Petersburg and taking private lessons with Mariss Jansons. Nelsons was appointed in 2003 to the position of Principal Conductor of the Latvian National Opera, where he remained for four years. He then helmed the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (from 2008 to June 2015). Since 2014 he has served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, since 2018, as Kapell-
    meister with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Within a brief period, Nelsons established himself as a regular guest conductor of leading international orchestras and major opera companies. He has conducted at the Vienna, Munich, and Berlin Staatsoper companies; the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the Royal Opera House in London; and the Bayreuth Festival. He also performs regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and will lead the latter’s 2020 New Year’s Concert. LUCERNE FESTIVAL named Nelsons its “artiste étoile” in 2012 and engaged him to conduct several concerts of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in 2014 and 2015. Andris Nelsons’s recordings have won three Grammy Awards as well as the Edison Klassiek Award and the German Record Critics’ Prize. He is currently working with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on Shostakovich and Bruckner cycles, respectively; for the Beethoven Year in 2020, he is also preparing accounts of all nine symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. Nelsons received the International Shostakovich Prize in 2019.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 2009 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in works by Britten, Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel.

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    Baiba Skride

    Born in 1981, the Latvian violinist Baiba Skride began her studies in her native city of Riga. In 1995 she transferred to the Rostock Music Academy to continue her education with Petru Munteanu. As the winner of the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2001, she launched her international career, which since then has taken her to numerous world-class orchestras. Baiba Skride has performed with such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Boston and the Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, she played Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Dima Slobo-
    deniouk and Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons. She made her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra playing the Beethoven Concerto, a work she also performed with the Schles-wig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Baiba Skride has increasingly devoted herself to contemporary music. In 2017 she premiered Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and she subsequently introduced that piece in the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Chamber music occupies an important part of her artistic work, in collaborations with the cellists Sol Gabetta, Harriet Krijgh, Alban Gerhardt, and Daniel Müller-Schott; the harpist Xavier de Maistre; and the pianists Bertrand Chamayou and Lauma Skride, her younger sister. She has released various CDs, including of violin concertos by Sibelius, Nielsen, Brahms, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. Baiba Skride plays the “Yfrah Neaman” Stradivari, which is generously provided by the family of the deceased Lebanese violinist.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 4 September 2012, when she performed Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto Offertorium with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.

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