Beethoven Piano Concertos 2

Festival Strings Lucerne | Rudolf Buchbinder

Beethoven

Sun, 17.11.18.30No. 19503

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Rudolf Buchbinder  piano and musical direction
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
    Piano Concerto No. 5 E-flat major, Op. 73

    Some people think that everything has already been said about Beethoven. What else is left to be discovered? Rudolf Buchbinder sees it differently. He is firmly convinced that there is no authentic interpretation, no royal road, no ideal solution. “None of us alive today has had breakfast with Beethoven,” he says. “You can hear the Fifth Symphony led by ten great conductors. It fascinates us each time, but who knows what the ‘correct’ interpretation is?” That is precisely the secret behind why Beethoven’s music seems so inexhaustible and ever fresh. For Buchbinder himself, it is an exhilarating experience not only to play the solo part in Beethoven’s piano concertos but also to take on their musical direction. “Already after the first rehearsal, the orchestras are inspired,” he says. “Why? Because suddenly every musician has a responsibility. They have to listen to each other. What is the clarinet doing? What about the oboe? There is no one they can rely on to provide the beat. So their concentration is essentially intensified.”

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    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.

    November 2017

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    Rudolf Buchbinder

    The Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been concertizing around the world for over 50 years with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. As part of this milestone birthday year, he will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Additional highlights of the current season include concert tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic led by Christian Thielemann. At the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Buchbinder is also serving as artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Buchbinder’s repertoire, which he has documented in more than 100 recordings, ranges from Bach to contemporary works. The compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven hold a central place in his activity: so far he has performed the entire cycle of 32 sonatas more than 50 times, including in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, Saint Petersburg, and Zurich, and four times each in Vienna and Munich. In 2014 he became the first pianist to perform the cycle within a single summer at the Salzburg Festival. His most recent CD and DVD release is a live recording of the two piano concertos by Johannes Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Buchbinder’s performances are based on meticulous study of sources. He is a passionate collector of historical scores and owns no fewer than 39 complete editions of the Beethoven sonatas, including numerous first editions, and original editions of other works. Since 2007 Buchbinder has served as Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Music Festival. He is the author of two books: his autobiography Da Capo (2008) and Mein Beethoven – Leben mit dem Meister (2014).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 November 1999 in a recital of works by Bach, Berg, Beethoven, and Schumann.

    October 2016

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    17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)