Symphony Concert 23

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Gautier Capuçon

Vasks | Elgar | Rachmaninoff

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 23

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Gautier Capuçon

    Pēteris Vasks (*1946)
    Cantabile for string orchestra
    Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

    In the “summer of the woman” in 2016, she was one of the 11 female conductors who performed at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. For her concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Lithuanian Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who was born in 1986, garnered genuine hymns from the press. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung celebrated her “inspiring performance,” the Neue Luzerner Zeitung attested to her “charisma” and “magical mixes of sound,” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine praised her “energetic drive” and “fine sense of musical poetry.” As the Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the successor to such greats as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons, Gražinytė-Tyla has ascended to the top league of podium stars. She now returns to Lucerne with her British orchestra to present the enchantingly beautiful Cantabile by the Baltic composer Pēteris Vasks and, with Elgar’s Cello Concerto (with the wonderful Gautier Capuçon as the soloist) and Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, works of delicious late Romanticism. 

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    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) was founded in 1920 and gave its inaugural public concert under the baton of the composer Edward Elgar, who conducted his Second Symphony. Its legacy of principal conductors ranges from Adrian Boult to Sakari Oramo; above all it was the 18-year tenure of Simon Rattle (1980–98) that led the CBSO to the international top tier and strengthened the ensemble’s reputation worldwide. In 2008 the young Latvian maestro Andris Nelsons took on the mantle from these prominent forerunners. He has led the CBSO on tours throughout Europe: for example, in spring 2014, they performed in Vienna at the Musikverein, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Luxembourg. Edward Gardner has been Principal Guest Conductor since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Every year the CBSO gives some 130 concerts. Along with its regular concert series in Symphony Hall, the Orchestra offers both a chamber music and a jazz series and presents special Lunch and Family concerts. The musicians also conduct an education and outreach program for kindergartens and schools in socially deprived areas; 35,000 people annually take part in this. The CBSO family comprises six choruses; the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which draws on the best talent of the new generation of musicians from the East and West Midlands; and a large number of chamber ensembles. The CBSO regularly performs at the BBC Proms in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival. To date they have recorded eight CDs under Nelsons, including a Tchaikovsky cycle as well as works by Shostakovich, Strauss, and Stravinsky, which have won the German Record Critics’ Prize, the ECHO Klassik Award, and the Diapason d’Or. In 2011 the CBSO received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 in works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn under Simon Rattle.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at:

    August 2014

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who was born in 1986 to a Latvian musical family, studied conducting in Vilnius, Graz, Leipzig, and Zurich. She began her career as a Kapellmeister in Heidelberg and Bern. After winning the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012, she was appointed music director of the Salzburg Landestheater. At the same time she began her partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has in the meantime named her Associate Conductor. In August 2016 she starts her tenure as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – following in the footsteps of such acclaimed colleagues as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. Gražinytė-Tyla has appeared as guest conductor with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Kremerata Baltica, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the RSO Vienna.

    August 2016

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    Gautier Capuçon

    Gautier Capuçon, who was born in1981 in Chambéry (Rhône-Alpes), began playing cello at the age of five and later studied with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris before transferring to Heinrich Schiff’s master classes in Vienna. In 1999 he won the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours André Navarra in Toulouse, in 2001 he was named “Nouveau Talent de l’Année” at the Victoires de la Musique, and in 2004 he received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Since then Capuçon has regularly concertized with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, working with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In the 2013-14 season he makes his debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, with whom he has previously performed at the Salzburg Easter Festival. He will also concertize with the Munich Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Capuçon devotes a significant part of his artistic activity to chamber music. He has performed with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Leonidas Kavakos, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, and Nikolaj Znaider. And he also makes music with his older brother, the violinist Renaud Capuçon: their most recent CD, La Muse et le poète, released in the fall of 2013, was devoted to music by Camille Saint-Saëns. Capuçon’s recordings have received the Diapason d’Or and the German Record Critics’ Award; in addition, he has garnered no fewer than four ECHO Klassik awards. Gautier Capuçon plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1701.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 18 March 2002 in the Brahms Double Concerto, which he performed with Renaud Capuçon and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Christoph-Mathias Mueller.

    February 2014