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

 

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    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

    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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    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

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