Symphony Concert 1

Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev

Tchaikovsky | Mussorgsky

Thu, 11.04.19.30No. 19106

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019

 

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    Symphony Concert 1

    Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) / Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Pictures at an Exhibition

    “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

    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; on their most-recent tour, at the beginning of 2019, the orchestra traveled with Chailly to Madrid, Paris, Dortmund, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and Modena, and in June they will perform at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Since 2013 the Filarmonica della Scala has been presenting an annual “concerto per Milano” at the city’s Cathedral Square for an audience of more than 40,000 people. 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 supports the Filarmonica della Scala’s 2018-19 concert season. All of its activities are underwritten 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

    Riccardo Chailly, who was born in 1953 in Milan, 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. He has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan since January 2015 and, since 2016, of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine named his account of the Brahms symphonies Record of the Year in 2014. Riccardo 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

    The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev was born in 1975 into a musical family in Irkutsk, Siberia. He initially trained with his father, until, at the age of 15, Denis continued his piano studies in Moscow with Alexei Nasedkin and Sergei Dorensky. After winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev was invited to perform all over 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 performs regularly with major orchestras and conductors: in the 2018-19 season, for example, with the New York and Munich Philharmonics and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Berlin Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the Vienna Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, and the London and Chicago Symphony Orchestras under Gianandrea Noseda. Matsuev is especially acclaimed for his Rachmaninoff performances. At the invitation of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, he has played works by the composer on Rachmaninoff’s 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; for 11 years he has presented the concert series “Denis Matsuev Invites” in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2008 he has additionally been Chairman of the New Names Foundation, which supports the emerging musical generation in Russia; more than 10,000 children have benefited since then from this initiative. Matsuev has been awarded the Shostakovich Prize and the Russian State Prize for Literature and Arts; he is a “People’s Artist of Russia” and an Honorary Professor of the Moscow Conservatory.

    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

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