Symphony Concert 3

Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Sir James Galway

Mozart | Sibelius

Mon, 14.08. | 19.30 | No. 17306

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 3

    Festival Strings Lucerne | Daniel Dodds | Sir James Galway

    Daniel Dodds  violin and musical direction

    Sir James Galway’s 40th Anniversary in Lucerne

    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in A major, K. 201 (186a)
    Flute Concerto in D major, K. 314 (285d)
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande, Op. 46

    Reunite with a legend: to mark the 40th anniversary of his Festival stage
    debut, Sir James Galway, ”the man with the golden flute,” will play Mozart’s
    D major Concerto, K. 314. The fact that its composer actually disdained the flute is impossible to tell from a single bar of this score. And if Mozart had known Galway, you can be sure he would have written more than two concertos for the instrument. Sir James enchants with his exquisite sound, immaculate technique, musical thoughtfulness, and spirited demeanor. To start the program, the Festival Strings will play another Mozart piece, the dazzling Symphony in A major, K. 201, which sets off veritable fireworks with its “Mannheim rocket” theme in the finale: audiences of the time found it so thrilling that they broke into applause. The second half will present a psychological drama from 1905: Jean Sibelius’s incidental music to Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande – a Finnish alternative to the adaptations by Fauré, Debussy, and Schoenberg.

    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.

    October 2019

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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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    Sir James Galway

    Sir James Galway, who was born in 1939 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, initially studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School in London as well as at the Paris Conservatoire. After his first engagements with major British orchestras, in 1969 he was named principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, where he remained for six years. In 1975 Galway decided on a solo career, and since then he has performed with the leading orchestras, ensembles, and conductors around the world. In the 2016-17 season he was a guest at the BBC Proms, and he completed a concert tour of the United States in March and of Great Britain in May. Sir James has released 97 CDs: these have sold more than 30 million copies and have received numerous awards. His discography is devoted not only to the classic flute repertoire from the Baroque to the present but also to film music – including such soundtracks as The Lord of the Rings – and he has worked with pop stars like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, and Sir Elton John. Educational work plays a significant role for him as well: he teaches at the Royal College of Music, the Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music; runs a flute academy (together with his wife, Jeanne Galway) and an educational online network titled “First Flute”; and regularly produces flute festivals with dozens of participants. Sir James has published a number of books and flute studies. He is a Special Representative for UNICEF and an Ambassador to the European Brain Council. In 1979 Galway was made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire, and in 2001 he was awarded a Knighthood. He received Gramophone’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the Gold Medal from the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18  August 1977 in a concert by the Tokyo Academic Ensemble with works by Vivaldi and Carl Stamitz.

    April 2017