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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018



    Clemens Heil  conductor
    Matthew Herbert  sound
    Márton Ágh  space and costumes
    Sarah Alexandra Hudarew  mezzo-soprano
    Jason Cox  baritone

    Gustav Mahler’s song cycle staged in the Luzerner Theater Box

    A coproduction of the Luzerner Theater and LUCERNE FESTIVAL

    His wife Alma warned: “You are tempting fate,” when, in 1901, Gustav Mahler began to set five poems by Friedrich Rückert that dealt with the writer’s pain over the deaths of two of his children. And, as it turned out, in 1907, three years after finishing the composition, Mahler would also lose his own daughter Maria. Mahler’s lieder, which are both expressive and melancholically spooky, form the basis for a project in the small venue of the Luzerner Theater known as the Box. The internationally sought-after British sound researcher and sample avant-gardist Matthew Herbert and the Hungarian Márton Ágh, whose stage spaces evoke hyperrealistic worlds, join with music director Clemens Heil and director Benedikt von Peter to design a scenario of a fictional world in which there are no longer any children, any future. Mahler’s songs speak eloquently of loss, sighs, and falling into silence, and will reverberate in Matthew Herbert’s sound design, as the world falls apart – and, with it, the composition.

     Additional performances until 5 October 2018

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. Along with its various concert series, which it performs in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra plays in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Their season is devoted not only to the classical-romantic repertoire; rarities and contemporary works are also regularly performed. Recent years, for example, have included commissions for pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, David Philipp Hefti, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011 the American James Gaffigan has served as Music Director; guest conductors in the recent past have included Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Neeme and Kristjan Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Jonathan Nott, who helmed the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, regularly returns to conduct. Its subscription cycles have presented such celebrated soloists as Martha Arge-rich, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires, and Krystian Zimerman. The orchestra’s achievements have been documented by recordings of works by Schreker, Bernstein, Weill, Krenek, Rihm, Say, and Gubaidulina; their recording of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony under James Gaffigan was chosen by the critics of the New York Times as one of the Top Music Recordings of 2014. The musicians regularly go on tour: to Japan in 2008, China in 2011, Israel in 2013, and South America in 2014. In the past season the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra performed in Zagreb and Istanbul and additionally completed a tour in June and July 2016 to four Asian countries, giving a total of eight concerts in South Korea, China, Singapore, and India.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

    August 2016

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    Clemens Heil

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