Symphony Concert 2

Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly

Tchaikovsky | Shostakovich | Stravinsky

Wed, 18105

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Easter Festival

17.03.-25.03. 2018







    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 2

    Filarmonica della Scala | Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 Little Russian
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    Three pieces from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Op. 29
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Petrushka. Ballet in four scenes (1947 version)

    A Russian Easter with Riccardo Chailly. For his performance with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Italian maestro will present a wealth of Russian folk melodies. Some are quoted by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in his Second Symphony, the Little Russian: such as “Down by Mother Volga,” “Spin, O My Spinner,” and “The Crane.” A suite from Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth meanwhile draws on what is perhaps the most tragic chapter in the history of Russian music: in 1936 Stalin decided to attack Shostakovich by pointing to this opera, accusing the composer of harming the public “with noise and cacophony.” But Chailly and his musicians from La Scala will conclude with a spirited trip to the fair in St. Petersburg, where the amorous goings-on of the Russian version of Punch play out as immortalized by Igor Stravinsky’s epochal ballet score Petrushka. Whether it’s Tchaikovsky’s beguiling melodies, Shostakovich’s progressive soundscapes, or Stravinsky’s witty collage, Russian music is in the finest hands with Chailly on the podium. 

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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; 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

    Riccardo Chailly, who was born in 1953 in Milan, studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, beginning 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 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; starting in 2015, he became Music Director of La Scala in Milan, and since the summer of 2016 he has held the position of Music Director 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 chose his account of the Brahms symphonies as Recording of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, 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 Wagenaar, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

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    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German) | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium

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