Master Class in Conducting, day 1

Festival Strings Lucerne | Bernard Haitink

Mozart | Weber | Brahms | Dvořák | Debussy

Wed, 21.03.10.00No. 18120

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018

 

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    21.

    Mar

    Wednesday
    10.00

    KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

    Master Class in Conducting, day 1

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Bernard Haitink

    Students of the Master Class in Conducting  
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826)
    Overture to the Romantic opera Oberon
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Ibéria from Images pour orchestre

    “Some of my colleagues are very strict: ‘This is how you do it.’ I don’t have any rules. Young people are so different, I try to come to terms with each one of them. You have to find your own path, after all.” Thus Bernard Haitink once explained his credo as an educator. Works by composers from Mozart through Brahms to Debussy are on the Dutch maestro’s agenda for his public master class during the Easter Festival (the eighth he has offered to date): works that have accompanied him throughout his life and that he has conducted repeatedly, immersing himself in them to find fresh depths. The participants in the master class will profit (as will the public) from Haitink’s insights and rich experience – which pose a wide variety of challenges: Debussy’s Images demand a delicate feeling for timbre, while Mozart requires clear ideas about phrasing. 

    Festival Strings Lucerne

    Die Festival Strings Lucerne, die 1956 von Rudolf Baumgartner und Wolfgang Schneiderhan gegründet wurden, sind LUCERNE FESTIVAL mit alljährlichen Auftritten verbunden. Die Stammbesetzung um den Konzertmeister und Künstlerischen Leiter Daniel Dodds besteht aus siebzehn Streichersolisten und einem Cembalisten, kann aber bis zu einem 60-köpfigen Orchester erweitert werden, das auch sinfonisches Repertoire zur Aufführung bringt. Ihre besondere Klangkultur verdanken die «Strings» zum einen den Meisterinstrumenten aus den legendären Cremoneser Werkstätten Stradivari, Guarneri und Amati, die sich im Besitz des Ensembles befinden, zum anderen ihrer grossen Aufführungstradition. Denn von Anbeginn prägte die Zusammenarbeit mit prominenten Solisten das Profil des Ensembles. Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrach, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff und Clara Haskil waren in seinen Konzerten zu hören, und auch heutige Stars wie Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Grubinger sowie Renaud und Gautier Capuçon zählen zu den musikalischen Partnern. Im Sommer 2017 traten die «Strings» als erstes Schweizer Orchester in der neuen Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf und gastierten beim Würzburger Mozartfest, beim Grafenegg Festival, im Amsterdamer Concertgebouw und im Kopenhagener Tivoli. In der Saison 2017/18 steht neben Auftritten in München, Stuttgart, Valencia und Alicante auch eine grosse Asien-Reise auf dem Programm, die das Ensemble nach Peking, Shanghai, Suzhou, Taipeh und Seoul führen wird. Sein Repertoire erstreckt sich vom Barock bis zur zeitgenössischen Musik; so gibt es im kommenden Sommer etwa ein gemeinsames Projekt mit dem Komponisten Brett Dean. Regelmässig veröffentlicht das Ensemble CD-Einspielungen; zuletzt erschien eine Aufnahme dreier Mozart-Violinkonzerte mit Arabella Steinbacher.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1956 in a program of works by Corelli, Purcell, Bach, and Pergolesi.

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was born in 1929 in Amsterdam. Trained as a violinist, he appeared on the podium for the first time in 1954 to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1956 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which in 1961 appointed him Music Director; for 27 years he had full responsibility there. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink has led such ensembles as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart, and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan. Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is the focus of his repertory. His interpretations of Bruckner, Mahler, and Shostakovich in particular have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally well known for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL Haitink has devoted himself to performing cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival in the realm of education through the master class in conducting that he has led annually at Easter since 2011. Haitink is an Honorary Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau.  In 2017 he received the highest civil honor of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

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    Wednesday, 21 March | Lucerne Hall:
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 3.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.