Symphony Concert 13

Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly | Leonidas Kavakos

Brahms | Respighi

Thu, 24.08.19.30No. 17320

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    Symphony Concert 13

    Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly | Leonidas Kavakos

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 77
    Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936)
    Fontane di Roma
    Pini di Roma

    Since 2015 Riccardo Chailly has served as Music Director at the famous Teatro alla Scala in his native Milan – and thus, in this position, is also a successor to his mentor Claudio Abbado. This summer Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala come to Lucerne for the first time together, with a program of music from their homeland: not from the great city in Lombardy, but from the capital Rome, to which Ottorino Respighi dedicated a sonic portrait consisting of an orchestral triptych. In Fontane di Roma he musically depicts the marvelous fountains of the Eternal City, while Pini di Roma presents snapshots of the Villa Borghese, the catacombs, the Janiculum, and the Appian Way. Even the nightingale has a prominent role among these impressions of Rome at night. The soloist, however, is a Greek, the phenomenal violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The fiendishly difficult Brahms Concerto will not only allow him to showcase his virtuosity and marvelous cantabile line but, in the finale, with its Hungarian impetuosity, even requires him to prove his temperament.

    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 has been Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA since 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 took up 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. 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 Gramophone’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. In the fall of 2019, he will release an album of three Strauss tone poems with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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 he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France 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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    Leonidas Kavakos

    The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is “artiste étoile” at the 2019 Summer Festival in Lucerne. Born in 1967 in Athens, he began playing violin at the age of five. He completed his studies with Stelios Kafantaris at the conservatory of his native city and with Josef Gingold at the University of Indiana. Kavakos triumphed at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1985, and in 1988 he won the Naumburg Violin Competition in New York and the Premio Paganini in Genoa. He made the first-ever recording of the Sibelius Concerto in the original version (long considered “unplayable”), which became a sensation and received Gramophone’s Concerto of the Year Award in 1991. Since then Kavakos has been appearing as a soloist with many renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Dresden Staatskapelle; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Filarmonica della Scala; the Chicago Symphony; and the Los Angeles, Israel, and New York Philharmonics. Kavakos himself has increasingly taken up conducting and has led the London, Boston, and Houston Symphony Orchestras; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the New York and Rotterdam Philharmonics; the Vienna Symphony; the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In the 2018-19 season, Kavakos was artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and made a recording with that ensemble of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, playing the double roles of soloist and conductor. His cycle of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Enrico Pace won the Echo Klassik Award in 2013, and in 2014 he received Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award. His most recent release is of the Brahms piano trios with Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. Leonidas Kavakos, who received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2017, plays the “Willemotte” Stradivari from 1734.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 29 August 1999, with Kim Kashkashian and Natalia Gutman, in a concert of works by Beethoven and Schnittke.

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