Symphony Concert 7

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | NN | Gautier Capuçon

Sibelius | Saint-Saëns | Debussy

Sun, 23.08. | 18.30 | No. 20320

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 7

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | NN | Gautier Capuçon

    NN  conductor
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
    Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    La Mer

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Will Not Be Conducting

    The conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is expecting her second child this summer. As a result, she will be unable to appear at LUCERNE FESTIVAL and to fulfill her role as "artiste étoile." However, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform as scheduled, on 23 and 24 August 2020. The new conductor for these two concerts will be announced as soon as possible. The Late Night 3 program for 29 August 2020, originally scheduled with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, will be cancelled without substitution.

    That Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is the first female conductor to be chosen to take on the role of “artiste étoile” at LUCERNE FESTIVAL is no coincidence. Born in 1986, the Lithuanian artist has played a significant role in the success women are finally having in gaining access to one of the last male-dominated bastions: the conductor’s podium. Since 2016, she has led the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. Although she always keeps her legion of musicians under control, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla doesn’t need to resort to authoritarian poses. She works with a compelling naturalness, combining poetry with power. Her flowing gestures almost seem like music themselves. And what a magical sound she elicits from her orchestra! Expect her to coax a noble melancholy from The Swan of Tuonela in Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite that exudes noble melancholy, weightless elegance in the First Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns – played by the phenomenal French virtuoso Gautier Capuçon – and genuinely roaring waves of sound in Debussy’s La Mer to conclude the program.

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1920, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) was introduced to the public with a concert conducted by the composer Edward Elgar. Such chief conductors as Adrian Boult, George Weldon, Andrzej Panufnik, and Louis Frémaux built up the orchestra’s profile, but it was especially Simon Rattle who led the CBSO to become a first-class international ensemble during his 18-year tenure (1980–98), enhancing its worldwide reputation. He was succeeded in the office of Music Director by the Finn Sakari Oramo (1998–2008) and the Latvian Andris Nelsons (2008–15); taking the reins in 2016, the young Lithuanian Maestra Mirga Gražinytė-
    Tyla became the first woman to helm the CBSO. In the 2018-19 season, she will lead the orchestra in “The Baltic Way,” a project of 23 concerts featuring Baltic music to mark the centennial of the founding of the Baltic states. Kazuki Yamada will take up his position as the new Principal Guest Conductor, and Gidon Kremer will perform as artist-in-residence. The CBSO gives about 150 concerts annually. In addition to its classical programs, it presents the popular Friday Night Classics series, with excursions into film and pop music, as well as a comprehensive educational and performance program which the musicians offer in socially disadvantaged areas. Also included within the CBSO family are six choruses; the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which gathers the best young musicians from the East and West Midlands; and a large number of chamber ensembles. The CBSO is a regular guest at the BBC Proms in London and at the Aldeburgh Festival; as part of its current European tour, it will also perform at the Edinburgh Festival. The orchestra, which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in 2011, has released more than 200 recordings, many of which have won prestigious awards.

    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:

    July 2018

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    Gautier Capuçon

    Gautier Capuçon, who was born in 1981 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 the master classes led by Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He won the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours André Navarra in Toulouse in 1999, the Nouveau Talent de l’Année Award at the Victoires de la Musique in 2001, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award  in 2004. Since then Gautier Capuçon has concertized regularly 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 2016-17 season he performed as a soloist with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics; the Chicago, London, and San Francisco Symphonies; and the Staatskapelle Dresden and Russian National Orchestra. In recent years he has additionally been a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Gautier Capuçon devotes a major part of his artistic work to chamber music, performing together with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet – as well as with his older brother, the violinist Renaud Capuçon. His regular piano partner is Frank Braley, with whom he has recorded the Beethoven sonatas, having also performed them together during the past season across Europe. Gautier Capuçon’s recordings have won the Diapason d’Or, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and four Echo Klassik Awards. He 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.

    June 2017

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    Concert Introduction (in German) | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    with Susanne Stähr