Afternoon Concert

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Dominik Fischer | Valentine Ruffieux

Bach | Shostakovich | Haydn

Sun, 18.08. | 14.30 | No. 19308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Tickets may be purchased from 5 to 16 August at the Stadthaus Luzern (Hirschengraben 17) (CHF 10.00)

Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Afternoon Concert

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Dominik Fischer | Valentine Ruffieux

    Daniel Dodds  violin, conductor, and host
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto in B-flat major, BWV 1051
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Prelude in C major, Op. 87, no. 1
    version for string orchestra by Rudolf Baumgartner
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in F-sharp minor, Hob. I:45 Farewell Symphony

    Joseph Haydn knew how to make those with power relent. As kapellmeister for the family of Prince Esterházy, he spent many months every year in the wasteland of the Hungarian swamps – in Fertőd, south of Lake Neusiedl, where Nicholas I, known as the “lover of splendor,” had built his dream castle. Unlike his servants, the Prince wanted to spend the winter months there as well – but after the long summer season, his musicians wanted finally to be able to see their families again in Vienna or Eisenstadt. In the Farewell Symphony, Haydn expressed this wish through a kind of “staging.” That is, in the finale he had one musician after the other finish their parts prematurely, extinguish the candles at their stands, and walk with their instruments off the stage, until Nicholas and his court remained alone in the dark hall. The Prince got the message – and ordered them to be allowed to depart the next day. The Festival Strings Lucerne will repeat this rebellious joke in their concert. And they will delight us with festive Baroque and neo-Baroque music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich, respectively.

    Festival Strings Lucerne

    The Festival Strings Lucerne, which were founded in 1956 by Rudolf Baumgartner and Wolfgang Schneiderhan, maintain an association with LUCERNE FESTIVAL through annual performances. The regular line-up is led by concertmaster and artistic director Daniel Dodds and consists of seventeen string soloists and a harpsichordist, but this can be expanded to a 60-member orchestra capable of performing the symphonic repertoire as well. The Strings have developed a unique sound culture through their use of master instruments from the legendary Cremonese workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati that are owned by the ensemble as well as through their great performance tradition. From the very beginning, the ensemble’s profile has been shaped by its collaborations with prominent soloists. In the past, they were joined by such figures as Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Pablo Casals, Wilhelm Kempff, and Clara Haskil, while today stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Grubinger, Vilde Frang, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon rank among their musical partners. In addition to a concert series of their own in Lucerne, the Festival Strings Lucerne also regularly give concerts abroad: in the 2019-20 season, in addition to three tours in Germany, these will include guest appearances in Italy, Slovenia, and England, as well as a trip with the violinist Midori to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Korea. The Strings’ repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. They have premiered more than a hundred works to date, including compositions by Jean Françaix, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinů, Iannis Xenakis, and Krzysztof Penderecki. The ensemble regularly releases CDs: most recently, a recording of three Mozart violin concertos with 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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    Daniel Dodds

    The violinist Daniel Dodds, who was born in 1971 to Australian-Chinese parents in Adelaide, left his home in Australia at the age of 17 to continue studying violin with Gunars Larsens at the University of Music in Lucerne. After graduating with distinction, other significant influences included master classes with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, and Thomas Zehetmair. In 2000 Daniel Dodds was engaged as principal concertmaster by the Festival Strings Lucerne, and since 2012 he has served as Artistic Director of the ensemble, with which he performs all around the world. He is additionally active as a freelance soloist and has most recently performed with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 Claudio Abbado appointed Dodds to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has remained a member every summer since. In this context he has also appeared as a chamber musician. He collaborates as guest concertmaster with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Among his partners in the field of chamber music are Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Kolja Blacher, Wolfram Christ, James Galway, Jens Peter Maintz, Herbert Schuch, and Martin Stadtfeld. His repertoire spans from Bach to contemporary composers and includes crossover projects involving jazz, tango, and music of the Far East. In 2012 he released his solo CD Time Transcending, which presents works by composers from Bach to Berio. Dodds, who teaches violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik – Luzern, plays the Stradivari “ex Hämmerle – ex Baumgartner” from 1717.

    Since 2000 Daniel Dodds has been an annual guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL with the Festival Strings Lucerne.

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    Dominik Fischer

    Valentine Ruffieux