Symphony Concert 15 – Monteverdi

English Baroque Soloists | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

Monteverdi

Sat, 26.08.18.30Nr. 17328

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    26.

    Aug

    Saturday
    18.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 15 – Monteverdi

    English Baroque Soloists | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner  conductor and staging
    Elsa Rooke  director
    Hana Blažiková  Poppea, Fortuna
    Carlo Vistoli  Ottone
    Lucile Richardot  Arnalta, Venere
    Michał Czerniawski  Nutrice
    Silvia Frigato  Amore and Valletto
    Anna Dennis  Drusilla, Virtù
    John Taylor Ward  Mercurio, Littore
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    Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
    L’incoronazione di Poppea. Opera in a prologue and three acts

    “Claudio Monteverdi is for me the musical equivalent of William Shakespeare,” according to Sir John Eliot Gardiner. “He is the first composer in the history of Western music that was able to assimilate and encapsulate the whole range of human feelings and emotions in music: from the noblest and most godlike figures to the most proletarian, the most lowlife.” And the last of the three surviving Monteverdi operas, L’incoronazione di Poppea, which was premiered in 1643 in Venice, in particular explores psychological depths – and at the same time remains a work that is sharply relevant today. “Poppea is based on human and political ambition, sexual desire, envy, and jealousy. Nobody had done anything like this before in musical terms,” says Gardiner. And it is Monteverdi’s passionate, sensual, comic, and dramatic setting that makes this political drama about the Roman Emperor Nero and his beloved Poppea such an incomparable experience. 

    English Baroque Soloists

    The English Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra founded in 1978 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, ranks among the most renowned ensembles of the historically informed performance practice movement. The musicians have given concerts throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australia; they have played at La Scala in Milan, the amphitheater in Pompeii, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Châ-telet in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. In the 1990s Sir John Eliot Gardiner recorded the seven “great” Mozart operas with the ensemble, as well as the complete piano concertos and the composer’s mature symphonies; these recordings have garnered numerous awards. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a project that Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists undertook to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 2000, also received considerable acclaim. This entailed a pilgrimage with performances of all 198 Bach cantatas in more than 60 European churches. In recent years the music of the Leipzig master has remained at the center of the orchestra’s work. In 2013 the musicians performed a nine-hour Bach marathon at the Royal Albert Hall, and in 2015 the ensemble undertook a concert tour with the B minor Mass, including stops in Lucerne, Munich, Frankfurt, and Paris. A live recording was released last December on the Soli Deo Gloria label. The English Baroque Soloists are also active as an opera orchestra. In 2015 they performed Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Royal Albert Hall and Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House. The ensemble’s next landmark project will be a tour with the Monteverdi Choir to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth in 2017. The  English Baroque Soloists are under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1994 mit Mozarts Thamos, König in Ägypten und der c-Moll-Messe.

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    Monteverdi Choir

    The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Vespers composed by its namesake at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Originally the goal of the Choir was to explore the music of the Baroque in all of its facets, but its repertoire has long since spanned across eras, genres, and styles. The Monteverdi Choir has become a byword for passionate and highly cultivated choral singing through its performances all around the world. Its members in addition regularly undertake the solo parts in performances – many of them can now boast remarkable solo careers. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000 must be regarded as the most spectacular project in the Monteverdi Choir’s history. This project honored the Leipzig cantor on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death with performances of all his extant cantatas in more than 60 European churches; the live recordings of these concerts, which were released on CD, garnered numerous prizes, including the Gramophone Award. The Monteverdi Choir regularly takes part in opera performances, as, for example, in productions of Weber’s Le Freyschütz (in the Berlioz version), Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra Comique in Paris; and
    of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London. In December 2015 the singers took part in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In 2014 the Monteverdi Choir celebrated its 50th birthday with performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers in Cambridge, Barcelona, and Versailles. The Choir’s next landmark project will be a tour with the English Baroque Soloists to mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth in 2017.  The Monteverdi Choir’s patron is the Prince of Wales.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 in Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and C minor Mass.

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    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner was born in 1943 in County Dorset. He initially studied history and Arab studies before completing his musical training at Cambridge University, as well as with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and, in 1968, the Monteverdi Orchestra, from which he later formed the English Baroque Soloists. In 1989 Gardiner launched the Orchestre Ré-
    volutionnaire et Romantique, which similarly performs on original instruments but is predominantly dedicated to music of the 19th century.  He
    has moreover collaborated with manyleading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Royal Con-
    certgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performances at the Royal Opera House in London. In December 2015 he additionally has appeared with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra; in June he will conduct the Berlin Philharmonic. In the field of music theater he recently led, in 2015, Verdi’s Otello at La Scala in Milan and Gluck’s Orphée at the Royal Opera House in London. Since 2014 he has served as President of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. In the 2014-15 season he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He has recorded more than 250 CDs, which have received such distinctions as the Gramophone Award, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and the ECHO Klassik. In 2013 he published his book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. Sir John Eliot Gardiner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998. He received the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig, the Sonning Music Prize (both in 2005), and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Prize (in 2016). Gardiner is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chévalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 with Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and the Mass in C minor.

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    Elsa Rooke

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    Kangmin Justin Kim

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    Gianluca Buratto

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    John Taylor Ward

    The bass John Taylor Ward was born in 1986 in Boone, North Carolina. His earliest performances were as a boy soprano soloist before he studied voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 2010 he began the graduate program in early music and art song at the Yale School of Music, where he completed his doctoral research in the American tradition of shape-note music. Ward has sung Manoah in Handel’s Samson under Nicholas McGegan at Lincoln Center in New York; he has appeared at Carnegie Hall in Heinrich Schütz’s Fili mi, Absalon and has performed in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Songs for a Mad King conducted by the composer. He additionally works with Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach Collegium Japan, with the Collegium Vocale Gent, and the ensembles L’Arpeggiata and Roomful of Teeth. He has appeared at the Ravinia Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival.

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    17:30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    (in German)

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