Afternoon Concert

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Jonas Iten | Alexander Kionke

Mendelssohn | Schneider | Sibelius | Nielsen

Sun, 20.08. | 14.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Afternoon Concert

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Jonas Iten | Alexander Kionke

    Daniel Dodds  violin and musical direction
    Jonas Iten  cello
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Sinfonia No. 6 in E-flat major for String Orchestra MWV N 6
    Enjott Schneider (*1950)
    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for two cellos and string orchestra
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Impromptu for String Orchestra
    Carl Nielsen (1865–1931)
    Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 1

    Three composers, each in search of a musical language of their own. Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Sixth String Symphony at the age of just 12 for the famous Sunday concerts at his parents’ home in Berlin. Jean Sibelius was in his mid-20s when he composed his Impromptu for Strings, inspired by folk tunes he’d heard while hiking in the unspoiled natural setting of Karelia. And with his Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 1, the Dane Carl Nielsen enjoyed his first success as a creative artist. Meanwhile Enjott Schneider, one of the most sought-after film composers of our time, takes on a very special aspect of identity in his Concerto for Two Cellos: schizophrenia, as the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson depicted it in the form of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The good doctor and the sadistic psychopath, each of whom is “represented” by one of the two cellists, turn out to be two facets of the very same principle. And what better way to mirror that than with music?

    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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    Jonas Iten

    Alexander Kionke