Symphony Concert 4 – “räsonanz” Donor Concert

Chamber Orchestra of Europe | LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Heinz Holliger | soloists

Schoenberg | Beethoven | Kurtág | Holliger

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 4 – “räsonanz” Donor Concert

    Chamber Orchestra of Europe | LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Heinz Holliger | soloists

    Heinz Holliger  conductor
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
    Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 27, no. 1 Sonata quasi una fantasia
    György Kurtág (*1926)
    … quasi una fantasia … for piano and instrumental groups dispersed in space, Op. 27, no. 1
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2 Sonata quasi una fantasia
    György Kurtág (*1926)
    Double Concerto for piano, cello, and two chamber ensembles dispersed in space, Op. 27, no. 2
    Heinz Holliger (*1939)
    COncErto? Certo! cOn soli pEr tutti (… perduti? …)! for orchestra

    räsonanz Donor Concert. An initiative of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, in cooperation with LUCERNE FESTIVAL and musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks.


    With the new series räsonanz, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has set itself the task of supporting contemporary orchestral music, including an annual concert at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Kicking it off was Wolfgang Rihm’s work Requiem-Strophen, which was heard at the 2017 Easter Festival. The series now continues with György Kurtág and two works that were conceived as “spatial music.” Individual instrumental groups are thereby distributed in the hall – the listeners thus are located within the musical events. Since Kurtág refers specifically to Ludwig van Beethoven and both of his similarly named Op. 27 piano sonatas with one of these compositions, … quasi una fantasia …, Sir András Schiff, the soloist for the Kurtág, will also intersperse these two works. And the conductor Heinz Holliger will be heard with one of his own scores: COncErto? Certo! cOn soli pEr tutti (… perduti? …)! which he wrote for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The COE is not only coded into the title but, naturally, on hand to perform it.

    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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    April 2017

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    Heinz Holliger

    Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal in the Canton of Bern. In Bern, Paris, and Basel he studied oboe (with Émile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot), piano (with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure), and composition (with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez). His international career as an oboist, which has taken him to the major music centers around the world, began in 1959, when he won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva; in 1961 he also emerged as victor at the ARD Music Competition in Munich – and made his debut at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, which later became known as LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Heinz Holliger has expanded the playing techniques of his instrument and continues to focus intensively on contemporary music, as well as on works that are not as well known. Numerous composers, among them Henze, Ligeti, and Lutosławski, have dedicated new scores to him. In 1977 Holliger began his conducting career, which soon took him to the most renowned orchestras, such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also enjoyed a long-term partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The works of Heinz Holliger were featured in 1998 when he was composer-in-residence at the IMF Luzern. In 2002 his opera Schneewittchen was premiered in Zurich, where Lunea, his setting of scenes from Lenau, will also be produced in 2018. Holliger has received numerous distinctions, including the Sonning Music Prize (1987), the Frankfurt Music Prize (1988), the Siemens Music Prize (1991), the Premio Abbiati of the Biennale di Venezia (1995), the Zurich Festival Prize (2007), and, most recently, the Robert Schumann Prize (2017). Since 2016 he has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 31 August 1961 as oboe soloist in the Passacaglia concertante by Sándor Veress, with Rudolf Baumgartner conducting the Lucerne Festival Strings.

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    Sir András Schiff

    Sir András Schiff was born in 1953 in Budapest. He started studying piano with Elisabeth Vadász at five, later continuing his training with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados in his native city and with George Malcolm in London. The focus of his artistic activity is on the keyboard works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók. Since 2004 Sir András has performed complete cycles of Ludwig van Beethovenʼs piano sonatas in more than 20 cities and has recorded the entire set. He appears regularly with the leading international orchestras and conductors, with a special focus on performing the piano concertos of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as both soloist and conductor. It was for this purpose that he founded the Cappella Andrea Barca in 1999, and he also collaborates closely with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Since his early youth, Schiff has moreover been a passionate chamber musician. He led the Mondsee Music Festival from 1989 to 1998, the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts from 1995 to 2013 (together with Heinz Holliger); since 1998 he has helmed the Omaggio a Palladio concert series in Vicenza. András Schiff, who was named an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in 2006, is a recipient of the Robert Schumann Prize (2011), the Golden Mozart Medal (2012), and the Gold Medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society (2013). András Schiff was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2014, and he has been an Honorary Citizen of Vicenza since December 2014. His book Musik kommt aus der Stille, containing essays and interviews with Martin Meyer, was published in March 2017. Sir András Schiff has taken a stand against the alarming political development in Hungary. In response to abusive attacks by Hungarian nationalists, he has decided to give no more concerts in his native land.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 21 August 1990 in a recital of works by Janáček, Bartók, Schubert, and Haydn.

    February 2018

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    Miklós Perényi

    18.30 | Concert Introduction | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Heinz Holliger in conversation with Mark Sattler (in German)