Riccardo Chailly © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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Riccardo Chailly © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Symphony Concert 1
Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev
“I look up to Mussorgsky, because I think he is the greatest Russian composer,” Dmitri Shostakovich professed. But the most Russian of the Russian works by Mussorgsky, his Pictures at an Exhibition, actually is set in France and Italy as well: in the Tuileries, in Limoges, in the Roman catacombs. And it will be played in Maurice Ravel’s orchestral version (made in Paris) by the legendary Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra from Milan. Maestro Chailly will indulge his international audience by combing Pictures with another of the greatest hits from Russia: Tchaikovsky’s B-flat minor Piano Concerto. Can there really be only one “greatest Russian composer”? Incidentally, the world premiere of this most famous of all piano concertos took place far from home: in Boston in 1875. The pianist had hands “as elastic as rubber, as durable as steel, as light as down feathers, and, if needed, as solid as granite,” Tchaikovsky rhapsodized about the soloist of the premiere, Hans von Bülow. Exactly the same might also be said of Denis Matsuev, the magnificent Russian virtuoso and prize-winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition.
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Filarmonica della Scala © Silvia Lelli
Filarmonica della Scala
The Filarmonica della Scala was founded in 1982 by Claudio Abbado and musicians of the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala with the objective of performing the symphonic repertoire. During its first years, the ensemble enjoyed a close relationship with Carlo Maria Giulini, who conducted more than 90 concerts. From 1987 to 2005, Riccardo Muti served as music director, and Riccardo Chailly has held the leadership role since 2015. The Filarmonica della Scala has worked with the most-acclaimed conductors, initially with such maestri as Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Georges Prêtre, and, in recent years, with Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, and Valery Gergiev. Along with the classics of the symphonic literature, the orchestra also plays contemporary music and commissions new works each season; composers have included Giorgio Battistelli, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Fabio Vacchi. The musicians have toured across the United States and to Asia and the major European music centers; in the 2017-18 season, the orchestra travels with Chailly to London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Freiburg, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, and Luxembourg and, with Daniel Harding, to Istanbul. Since 2013 the Filarmonica della Scala has been presenting an annual “concerto per Milano” at the city’s Cathedral Square for more than 40,000 attendees. Its educational project “Sound, Music!” is aimed specifically at primary-school students. The orchestra also regularly offers public rehearsals and charity benefit concerts. Numerous CDs and DVDs document its work, including the albums Viva Verdi and Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi with Chailly. Allianz is the Sponsor of the Filarmonica della Scala’s 2017-18 season. All of its activities are supported by UniCredit as the Main Sponsor.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 5 September 1997 in a program of works by Pergolesi, Busoni, and Respighi led by Riccardo Muti.
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Riccardo Chailly © Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Chailly has been the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s Music Director since the summer of 2016. Born in 1953 in Milan, he studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he moved to the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and since January 2015 he has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor – in addition to his performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. At the beginning of 2018 he released an album of early works by Stravinsky with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in France he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2011.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky
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Denis Matsuev © Pavel Antonov
The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev was born in 1975 into a musical family in Irkutsk, Siberia. Initially, he trained with his father, until at the age of 15 he continued his piano studies in Moscow with Alexei Nasedkin and Sergei Dorensky. Matsuev won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 and was subsequently invited to perform around the world. Since then, he has been a guest artist at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the leading London and American orchestras. Through these engagements, Denis Matsuev has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, and Yuri Temirkanov. Matsuev has received praise especially for his Rachmaninoff interpretations. At the invitation of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, he has played works by the composer on his own concert grand in the Villa “Senar” near Lucerne. He serves as Artistic Director of the Annecy Classic Festival in France, the Stars on Baikal, the Crescendo series, and Astana Piano Passion; as Chairman of the New Names Foundation, he supports the emerging musical generation in his homeland. In the 2017-18 season, Matsuev is collaborating with the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden as “Capell-Virtuos”; he is also performing with the Vienna and Munich Philharmonics, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Filarmonica della Scala. Denis Matsuev will be an Ambassador of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for the opening of which he is preparing a concert in Red Square in Moscow.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2013, performing Rachmaninoff’s
Third Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov.
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18.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium