Symphony Concert 5

Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Leonidas Kavakos

Mozart | Haydn | Beethoven

Thu, 16336

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016



    Leonidas Kavakos  conductor and violin
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in G major, K. 216
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in G minor Hob: I:83 La Poule
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

    All three of the legendary composers of Viennese Classicism on the same program! The Greek star violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes his first LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance in the role of conductor, juxtaposing works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven in program that is sure to be equally insightful and enjoyable. Mozart’s beloved Violin Concerto in G major, whose final movement quotes a folk song from Strasbourg, will make for a spirited opening. Haydn’s G minor Symphony, one of his Paris Symphonies, will add humor to the mix: It starts off with a heroic theme but in just a few measures seems to take us into a yard full of chickens thanks to the cackling sounds of the oboe (hence the work’s nickname, The Hen). But this concert’s prima donna will be a “slim Greek maid,” as Robert Schumann once described Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, referring to its classical proportions and beauty. The players, however, will have their work cut out for them: rapid-fire passages make the Fourth into what is arguably Beethoven’s trickiest symphony in terms of virtuosity.

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    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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    Leonidas Kavakos

    Leonidas Kavakos, who was born in 1967 in Athens, began playing violin at the age of five. He completed his studies with Stelios Kafantaris at the conservatory of his native city and with Josef Gingold at the University of Indiana. In 1985 Kavakos triumphed at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, and in 1988 he won the Naumburg Violin Competition in New York and the Premio Paganini in Genoa. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Partners on the podium have included such conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, and Sir Simon Rattle. Kavakos himself has increasingly taken up conducting. From 2007 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of the Camerata Salzburg, which he had earlier led in numerous concerts as Principal Guest Artist, starting in 2002. Kavakos has additionally conducted the London, Boston, and Houston Symphony Orchestras; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Rotterdam Philharmonic; the Vienna Symphony, and the DSO Berlin. Among his partners as a chamber musician are Emanuel Ax, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud, Yuja Wang, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. In the 2016-17 season Kavakos was artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic. His cycle of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Enrico Pace won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2013. In 2014 he received Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award. He released his most recent album, Virtuoso, in April 2016, and in 2017 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Leonidas Kavakos plays the “Abergavenny” Stradivari from 1724.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 29 August 1999, with Kim Kashkashian and Natalia Gutman, in a concert of works by Beethoven and Schnittke.

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     18.30 | Introduction by Susanne Stähr | Auditorium