Symphony Concert 4 – “räsonanz” Donor Concert

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

Schoenberg | Beethoven | Kurtág | Holliger

Mon, 20.08. | 19.30 | No. 18309

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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
    Zoltán Fejérvári  piano (Kurtág)
    Sir András Schiff  piano (Beethoven)
    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’s … quasi una fantasia … refers specifically to Ludwig van Beethoven and his Op. 27 pair of piano sonatas, the latter two works are also on the program and will be performed by Sir András Schiff. His Hungarian compatriot Zoltán Fejérvári, whom Schiff chose for his “Building Bridges” project, will play the solo piano parts in the two Kurtág concertos. 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.

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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 about 60 members of the independently financed COE, which combines principals and section leaders from international ensembles, eminent chamber musicians, and music teachers. From the start, the orchestra’s identity has been 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. 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 COE enjoys close associations with Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Sir András Schiff, all of whom are honorary members of the orchestra. The 2018-19 season saw appearances with Robin Ticciati, Leonidas Kavakos, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard; the COE toured with Sir Antonio Pappano and Janine Jansen through Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy in May and June 2019. Starting in the 2021-22 season, the COE will serve as orchestra-in-residence in the new Casals Forum at the Kronberg Academy. The COE has recorded more than 250 works, and its CDs have won over 60 international prizes, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone’s Record of the Year Award, and the MIDEM Classical Download Award. Their most recent releases are of Schumann’s Piano and Cello Concertos with Martha Argerich, Gautier Capuçon, and Bernard Haitink (January 2019) and of Mozart’s Magic Flute led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (summer 2019).

    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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    Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from all over the world have undergone the training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates include such artists who have since gone on to achieve renown as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally established orchestras, perform in the area of chamber music, organize experimental projects, or teach at conservatories. Many of them remain closely connected to the Festival. Selected former Academy students regularly return as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to Lucerne. They enrich the programming with performances in the field of contemporary music, whether in the 40min series or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, while additionally being on hand to offer help and advice for current Academy students. Supported through the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other to realize their own projects around the world. A unique international network of young musicians has thus emerged. For their first project, in the 2013-14 season, the Alumni presented four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne related to the theme “Music at Risk.” Another “marathon of premieres” followed in 2016; in addition, an ensemble of Alumni participated in the NY Phil Biennial led by Alan Gilbert and gave the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward.” In the past year, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI performed on tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer in his project “The Big Wig.” Their most recent appearances were in New York in January 2018 in two concerts devoted to the theme “Frank Zappa: Rebel/Respect/Response,” and in March in Paris, Brussels, and Luxemburg performing Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 3 September 2014 with the “Music at Risk” project.

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    Heinz Holliger

    Heinz Holliger was born in 1939 in Langenthal in the Canton of Bern. He studied oboe (with Émile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot), piano (with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure), and composition (with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez) in Bern, Paris, and Basel. His international career as an oboist, which has taken him to the major music centers all over the world, began in 1959, when he won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva; he additionally won the ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1961 – the same year in which he made his debut at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, now known as LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Holliger has expanded the technical capacities of his instrument and remains a strong supporter of contemporary music as well as of lesser-known works. Many composers, including Henze, Ligeti, and Lutosławski, have dedicated new scores to him. In 1977 Holliger took up his career as a conductor, which soon brought him to the most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also enjoyed a longterm partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A composer in his own right, Heinz Holliger was featured in 1998 as composer-in-residence at the IMF Luzern. His opera Schneewittchen premiered in Zurich in 2002, where his latest stage work, Lunea, which is based on scenes from Nikolaus Lenau, was produced in the spring of 2018. Holliger has received numerous awards, 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). He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016.

    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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    Zoltán Fejérvári

    The Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári, who was born in Budapest in 1986, studied with Dénes Várjon, András Kemenes, and Rita Wagner at the Franz Liszt Academy in his native city and with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. He also attended master classes with Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág, and Sir András Schiff. Fejérvári was a prizewinner at the James Mottram International Piano Competition and the Concurso internacional de Piano Ricardo Viñes, received the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award in 2016, and won the Concours musical international de Montréal in 2017. Mitsuko Uchida invited him to the Marlboro Festival, where he performed in the summers from 2014 to 2016. Sir András Schiff chose him for his project “Building Bridges,” which introduces highly talented young pianists; in this context, Zoltán Fejérvári gave recitals in Berlin, Bochum, Brussels, Zurich, and Ittingen during the 2017-18 season. He has also performed in the United States in concerts at Weill Hall in New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Additional performances have taken him to the Gasteig in Munich, the Palau de Música Valencia, Turin, and Buenos Aires. As a soloist, Fejérvári has worked with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Hungarian National Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and the Concerto Budapest. He moreover devotes himself intensively to chamber music in performances with such colleagues as the violinists András Keller and Joseph Lin; the cellists Gary Hoffman, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson, and Steven Isserlis; and the horn player Radovan Vlatković. Fejérvári’s recording of Liszt’s Malédiction with the Budapest Chamber Symphony Orchestra received the Grand Prix du Disque in 2013. He has taught at the Liszt Academy in Budapest since 2014.

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    Sir András Schiff

    Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and began piano lessons with Elisabeth Vadász at the age of five, later continuing his studies with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados in his native city and with George Malcolm in London. The focus of his artistic work is on the keyboard compositions of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók. Since 2004, Schiff has performed complete cycles of the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven 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. Schiff has moreover been a passionate chamber musician since childhood. He led the Mondsee Music Festival from 1989 to 1998 and 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. He additionally teaches at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. Sir András Schiff 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). In June 2014, he was bestowed a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles, in his capacity as President of the Royal College of Music, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2018. His book Musik kommt aus der Stille was published in 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.

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    Miklós Perényi

    Miklós Perényi, who was born in 1948 in Budapest, began playing cello at the age of five and gave his first public concert at nine. Between 1960 and 1964, he studied with Ede Banda in Budapest and with Enrico Mainardi in Rome. In 1963 he was a prizewinner at the International Casals Competition in Budapest. Pablo Casals subsequently invited him to his master classes in Puerto Rico, in 1965 and 1966, and in later years to the Marlboro Festival. Since then, Perényi has performed at the music festivals in Edinburgh, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Hohenems, and Warsaw. In the 2017-18 season, he was a guest artist at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Concertgebouw Brügge, the Grand Théâtre in Dijon, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Dresden Music Festival. He regularly collaborates with the leading orchestras; a highlight was his tour with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle in 2013, during which he performed Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto. Perényi’s repertoire includes works from the 17th century to the present. As a chamber musician, he enjoys a close partnership with Sir András Schiff, which has been captured on their recording of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano. Since 1974, Perényi has taught at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he is currently a professor. In 2014 he was additionally named to the International Chair in Cello at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Besides his concert appearances and educational work, he is also an active composer and has written pieces for solo cello and for smaller and larger instrumental ensembles. For his musical work, Perényi received the Kossuth Prize in 1980,
    the Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 1987, and Hungary’s Artist of the Nation Award in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 22 August 1963 in a program of works by Valentino, Bach, Kodály, and Schubert, with Piero Guarino accompanying at the piano.

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