Symphony Concert 1

Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | Alina Ibragimova

Mendelssohn | Schubert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 1

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | Alina Ibragimova

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
    Overture to The Fair Melusine, Op. 32
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Symphony No. 8 in C major, D. 944 Great

    Franz Schubert’s international reputation as a symphonist has Felix Mendelssohn largely to thank. For it was Mendelssohn who led the world premiere of Schubert’s Great C major Symphony in 1839, 11 years following the early death of his Austrian colleague. Through this trail-blazing act, he disproved the commonly held prejudice that Schubert was merely a master of the art of the song. After the premiere, Robert Schumann, who had tracked the score down amid Schubert’s papers, wrote: “All these instruments are human voices and immeasurably spirited, and this instrumentation, and these lengths, these heavenly lengths, like a novel in four volumes.” For their first performance this summer, Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who have formed a dream team since 2008, will juxtapose the two former child prodigies: Schu-bert and Mendelssohn – both of whom share the sound of the soul. The soloist will be the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, of whose performance of the Mendelssohn concerto the Guardian noted: “You feel you are hearing it for the first time.”

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Union Youth Orchestra. There are now approximately 60 members of the COE, which combines principals and section leaders from international ensembles, eminent chamber musicians, and music teachers. From the start, the COE’s identity was shaped by its partnerships with leading conductors and soloists. It was Claudio Abbado above all who served as an important mentor in the early years. He led the COE in such stage works as Rossini’s Il viaggio à Reims and Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni and conducted numerous concerts featuring works by Schubert and Brahms in particular. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also had a major influence on the development of the COE through his performances and recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies, as well as through opera productions at the Salzburg, Vienna, and styriarte festivals. In the 2016-17 season the COE worked with such figures as Piotr Anderszewski, Renaud Capuçon, Vladimir Jurowski, and Sir András Schiff. Yannick Nézet-Seguin conducted the COE in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Baden-Baden in July 2017. Bernard Haitink appears regularly at the podium. Under him the COE has performed the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann at LUCERNE FESTIVAL; in January 2017 the orchestra appeared with Haitink at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The COE has recorded more than 250 works; its CDs have garnered 60 international prizes, including the Grammy Award, the Record of the Year Award from Gramophone, and the MIDEM Classical Download Award. Their most recent release is of violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann with Carolin Widmann as the soloist; they will release the complete Mendelssohn symphonies led by Nézet-Séguin later in 2017.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 21 August 1986 in a program of works by Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, and Brahms under Claudio Abbado.

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was born in 1929 in Amsterdam. Trained as a violinist, he appeared on the podium for the first time in 1954 to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1956 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which in 1961 appointed him Music Director; for 27 years he had full responsibility there. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink has led such ensembles as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart, and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan. Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is the focus of his repertory. His interpretations of Bruckner, Mahler, and Shostakovich in particular have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally well known for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL Haitink has devoted himself to performing cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival in the realm of education through the master class in conducting that he has led annually at Easter since 2011. Haitink is an Honorary Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau.  In 2017 he received the highest civil honor of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

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    Alina Ibragimova

    Die Geigerin Alina Ibragimova wurde 1985 im russischen Polewskoi (Ural) als Tochter eines tatarischen Musikerehepaars geboren. Als Fünfjährige nahm sie ihre Violinausbildung an der Gnessin-Musikakademie in Moskau auf. Nachdem die Familie 1995 nach London gezogen war, setzte Alina Ibragimova ihr Studium bei Natalya Boyarskaya an der Yehudi Menuhin School und bei Gordan Nikolitch am Royal College of Music fort; ausserdem wurde sie von Christian Tetzlaff im Rahmen der Kronberg Academy unterrichtet. Von 2005 bis 2007 war sie Stipendiatin im «BBC New Generation Artists Scheme», 2008 erhielt sie den «Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award» und 2010 den «Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award». Alina Ibragimova interpretiert Musik aus fünf Jahrhunderten: Auf der Barockvioline gestaltet sie Werke von Biber, Bach oder Vivaldi, wobei sie die Erkenntnisse der historisch informierten Aufführungspraxis berücksichtigt; doch auch die grossen Violinkonzerte der klassischen und romantischen Epochen zählen zu ihrem Repertoire, ebenso die Gattungsbeiträge von Prokofjew, Berg und Britten oder neue Partituren von Peteris Vasks und Huw Watkins. Zu den Dirigenten, mit denen Alina Ibragimova zusammenarbeitet, gehören Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev und John Eliot Gardiner, unter dessen Leitung sie im Frühjahr 2014 das Schumann-Konzert aufführte. Ihr fester Klavierpartner bei Rezitalen ist der Franzose Cédric Tiberghien: Mit ihm wird sie in den nächsten beiden Jahren Beethovens sämtliche Violinsonaten in Nagoya, Tokio, San Francisco, New York, London und Paris zu Gehör bringen. Alina Ibragimova spielt auf einer Violine von Anselmo Bellosio (um 1775).

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