Symphony Concert 1

Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | Alina Ibragimova

Mendelssohn | Schubert

Sat, 18.08.18.30No. 18306

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 1

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | Alina Ibragimova

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Felix Mendelssohn (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 about 60 members of the COE, who pursue parallel careers as principals and section leaders at nationallybased orchestras, as, eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music. 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 a 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 of the Beethoven symphonies, as well as through opera productions at the Salzburg, Vienna, and styriarte festivals. Currently the orchestra works closely with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir András Schiff, and especially Bernard Haitink, with whom it has been appearing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL each year since 2007. It also enjoys close partnerships with the violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Janine Jansen and their colleague Leonidas Kavakos; the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard; and the conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Antonio Pappano, and Robin Ticciati. The COE performed Mozart’s The Magic Flute under Yannick Nézet-Seguin in July 2018 in Baden-Baden. With more than 250 works in its discography, the COE’s CDs have won over 60 international prizes, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone’s Record of the Year Award, and MIDEM’s Classical Download Award. Their most recent releases, which appeared in the first half of 2018, include Visions of Prokofiev and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: www.coeurope.org

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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, and he is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he most recently (in June 2018) performed Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. 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 regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart. 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 cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival as an educator and since 2011 had led a master class in conducting each year at Easter. Haitink is 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 distinction of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

    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

    The violinist Alina Ibragimova was born in 1985 in Polevskoy, Russia (in the Urals) to Tatar parents who were musicians. She began learning the violin at the age of five at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. After the family moved to London in 1995, Ibra-
    gimova continued her studies with Natalya Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Me-
    nuhin School and with Gordan Nikolitch at the Royal College of Music; she additionally took lessons from Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. She won the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2008 and, in 2010, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Ibragimova plays music spanning five centuries. She performs works by Biber, Bach, and Vivaldi on the Baroque violin, while the great violin concertos from the Classical and Romantic eras and the 20th century, as well as contemporary scores, also belong to her repertoire. She has concertized with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In 2015 she performed a series of four concerts at the BBC Proms. Ibragimova made her debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018, interpreting the Schumann Concerto under Robin Ticciati, and in the 2018-19 season she will appear for the first time with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. Other conductors with whom Ibragimova has worked include Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Her regular piano partner for recitals is the French musician Cédric Tiberghien, with whom she has performed the complete violin sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven. Alina Ibragimova plays a violin built by Anselmo Bellosio (circa 1775).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 28 August 2014 in the Debut series, when she played works by Mozart, Szymanowski, and Beethoven, with Cédric Tiberghien accompanying at the piano.

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