Symphony Concert 2

Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | soloists

Mozart | Mahler

Sun, 17305

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 2

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Bernard Haitink | soloists

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in C major, K. 425 “Linz”
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    selected lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Throughout his life, Gustav Mahler was a passionate reader who felt at home on the Olympus of literature. But when he composed lieder, instead of setting texts by Goethe, Eichendorff, or Heine, he chose folk poems from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Why? Because Mahler believed that these poems expressed human feelings and moods authentically, regarding them as “first-hand poetry.” In his two concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink will focus on Mahler’s song writing. Joining him for the splendid Wunderhorn lieder, which waver between profound grief, rebellion, and humor is Christian Gerhaher, a first-rate Mahler performer, and the young soprano Anna Lucia Richter, who has thrilled Lucerne audiences in her accounts of Mahler’s Fourth and Eighth Symphonies – two gifted lieder singers. Haitink will pair Mahler with Mozart, opening the program with the Linz Symphony.

    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.

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    July 2018

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink, who was born in Amsterdam, celebrated his 90th birthday in March. It was 65 years ago, in July 1954, that Haitink, who had been trained as a violinist, appeared on the podium for the first time 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 is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he last appeared in December 2018 in a program of works by Mozart and Bruckner. 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. His interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally acclaimed for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in cycles devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also closely associated with the Festival as an educator and, from 2011 to 2018, led an annual master class in conducting 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 honor of his homeland when he was named Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. After the 2018-19 season, Bernard Haitink will take a sabbatical.

    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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    Anna Lucia Richter

    The German soprano Anna Lucia Richter, who was born in 1990, comes from a major musical family. After her initial vocal training with her mother, Regina Dohmen, she studied with Kurt Widmer and Klesie Kelly-Moog. She won the Mendelssohn Prize in 2011 and, in 2012, the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau. She is a passionate lieder singer and has appeared in recitals at the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, and the Ruhrtriennale and at Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Park Avenue Armory in New York. She has worked with such pianists as Hartmut Höll, Gerold Huber, and Igor Levit. Wolfgang Rihm composed his song cycle Ophelia Sings for her. On the opera stage, Richter has performed Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Aalto Theater in Essen. She sang Eurydice and La Musica in a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo staged by Sasha Waltz and conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. In the spring of 2017 she sang in Henze’s Elegie for Young Lovers at the Theater an der Wien; at the opening of the 2017-18 season she will appear as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito under Teodor Currentzis in Bremen, Geneva, Dortmund, and Paris. Anna Lucia Richter’s credits in the concert hall include with the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. She has recorded an album of Eichendorff lieder, Brahms’s Requiem, and Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt. Anna Lucia Richter won the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut at the opening concert of the 2015 Summer Festival, when she sang in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under Bernard Haitink.

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    Christian Gerhaher

    While completing his medical studies, the baritone Christian Gerhaher, who was born in Straubing in 1969, studied voice at the Munich Academy of Music, where he and his regular piano partner Gerold Huber took Friedemann Berger’s lieder class. He additionally studied in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Inge Borkh. The focus of Gerhaher’s artistic work is singing lieder, as seen in his dedication to the great Romantic repertoire and also to new works that he has premiered, including, recently, cycles by Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, and Wolfgang Rihm. In the 2016-17 season he gave recitals in Salzburg, Munich Berlin, Paris, Milan, and London and as part of a major tour of the United States, singing such works as Brahms’s Die schöne Magelone, his recording of which was released in the spring of 2017. Along with his performances in the concert hall, Gerhaher dedicates himself to selected opera projects. He has performed the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival and the title role in Henze’s The Prince of Homburg at the Theater an der Wien. Other credits include Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Debussy’s Pelléas at Oper Frankfurt; Berg’s Wozzeck at Zurich Opera; and Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Bavarian Staatsoper. Wolfram from Wagner’s Tannhäuser is his signature role for his portrayal of which he received the Laurence Olivier Award in 2011. Gerhaher enjoys a close association with the Berlin Philharmonic, which engaged him as artist-in-residence in the 2013-14 season. During this past season he sang there in Mahler’s Lied von der Erde under Bernard Haitink. Christian Gerhaher’s discography has garnered many awards, including the International Opera Award; in 2016 he received the Heidelberger Frühling’s Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 5 April 2003 in Haydn’s oratorio The Creation conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

    April 2017

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    17.30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium
    (in German)