Symphony Concert 15

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra | Zubin Mehta

Pártos | Schubert | Berlioz

Mon, 02.09. | 19.30 | No. 19336

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 15

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra | Zubin Mehta

    Zubin Mehta  conductor
    Ödön Pártos (1907–1977)
    Concertino for strings
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200
    Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
    Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    In the Symphonie fantastique, Hector Berlioz came to terms with his own unhappy love for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson – and in the process conjured up the Higher Powers that the mind cannot control, in the form of dreams and delusions, unrestrained passion and opium fever. Berlioz translates these powers of the subconscious into a feverish, debauched, and intoxicating music that drastically reflects his mad passion – and indeed shows all the traits of the “fantastic.” Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will contrast this nocturnal piece of Romanticism with Franz Schubert’s sunny Third Symphony: a youthful work by the 18-year-old that contains much brio and Italianità and, in the finale, culminates in a tarantella, an unbridled Neapolitan dance. The evening opens with music by the Hungarian-Israeli composer and Kodály student Ödön Pártos, who died in 1977 and began his career in 1925 as concertmaster of the Lucerne City Orchestra. His Concertino resounds with the folk music of his native Hungary.

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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra can look back on more than 80 years of history. In the mid-1930s, the Polish violinist Bronisław Huberman tried to persuade Eastern European and German orchestral musicians who had lost their jobs as a result of Nazi policies to emigrate to Palestine in order to create a new orchestra there. The Palestine Orchestra was thereby formed and gave its founding concert on 26 December 1936 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini; with Israel’s independence in 1948, it was renamed the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Today the orchestra is the most important cultural ambassador of the State of Israel. Over almost half a century, its musicians worked closely with Leonard Bernstein, who conducted numerous concerts from the mid-1940s until his death, including the world premiere of his Kaddish Symphony in 1963; he became an honorary conductor in 1988. Zubin Mehta, who made his debut with the orchestra in 1961, was appointed Principal Conductor in 1977 and had this position extended for life in 1981. At the end of 2019, however, he will resign at his own request; Lahav Shani will succeed him in the 2020-21 season, working with Gianandrea Noseda, who has been Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra since 2011. During the 2018-19 season, the Israel Philharmonic additionally collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Pablo Heras-Casado, Manfred Honeck, and Vasily Petrenko. With Yoel Levi on the podium, the orchestra toured the United States in February 2019, with stops in Brookville, New York City, Palm Beach, Miami, Sarasota, and Ann Arbor. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs subscription concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa and regularly appears at major music festivals around the world.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1971 in a concert of works by Ami Ma’Ayani, Felix Mendelssohn, and Béla Bartók, with Zubin Mehta conducting.

    July 2019

    Zubin Mehta

    Zubin Mehta, who was born in 1936 in Mumbai as the son of the violinist and conductor Mehli Mehta, completed his education in Vienna, where he studied orchestral conducting (with Hans Swarowsky), double bass, percussion, and composition. After winning the Liverpool Conducting Competition in 1958, his first leadership positions took him to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (1961-67) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1962-78). Mehta’s collaboration with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which began in 1961 and led to his appointment as Principal Conductor in 1977, is especially legendary. He will resign from this post at the end of 2019. Mehta has also served as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (1978-91), the Maggio Musicale in Florence (1985-2017), and the Bavarian Staatsoper (1998-2006). He has moreover performed as an opera conductor at the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Royal Opera House in London. Mehta holds the Nikisch Ring and is an honorary member of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Society of Friends of Music, and the Vienna Philharmonic, whose New Year’s concerts he has conducted five times. He is also honorary conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Bavarian Staatsoper, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Mehta has frequently made a mark in the political-humanitarian field through musical work, as for example with a joint concert of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which he led in 1990. Together with his brother Zarin, he founded the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai to introduce Indian children to Western classical music. Zubin Mehta is an honorary citizen of Florence and Tel Aviv and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in October 2008.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 4 September 1964 with the Vienna Philharmonic with a program of works including works by Gottfried von Einem, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms.

    July 2019