Symphony Concert 22

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra | Herbert Blomstedt | Vilde Frang

Bach | Bruckner

Mon, 05.09.19.30No. 16325

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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    05.

    Sep

    Monday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 22

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra | Herbert Blomstedt | Vilde Frang

    Vilde Frang  violin
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
    This conductor is a phenomenon! No one who sees him in action would be able to tell that Herbert Blomstedt is celebrating his 89th birthday in July. Last summer the Swedish maestro, who resides in Lucerne, conducted Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, inspiring the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to wonder whether he “pursues a secret sport of rejuvenation for body and soul” – so resilient and confident was Blomstedt’s mastery of this “monumental boulder.” The Neue Luzerner Zeitung in turn spoke of an “event” and praised his “calm illuminations” and ecstatic upswings. Blomstedt now continues with the Fifth, leading the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which also has a special relationship to Bruckner. In 1884 the ensemble gave the legendary world premiere of the Seventh, winning the first international triumph for the long-neglected Austrian symphonist. Opening the program is music by a man who lived many years in Leipzig: Bach’s E major Violin Concerto with the extraordinary Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang as the soloist.

    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

    The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig is among the oldest civic music institutions in the world. Its roots go back to 1743, when a group of Leipzig merchants founded a society called “The Grand Concert.” In 1781 the Orchestra moved into its signature concert hall, a building used by textile merchants (the “Gewandhaus”), which gave the ensemble its name. Felix Mendelssohn, who took on the position of Music Director in 1835 – becoming its first conductor in the modern sense of the term – established the ensemble’s European reputation. His successors have included Carl Reinecke (1860–95), Arthur Nikisch (1895–1922), Wilhelm Furtwängler (1922–28), Bruno Walter (1929–33), Franz Konwitschny (1949–62), Kurt Masur (1970–96), and Herbert Blomstedt (1998–2005). From 2005 until the summer of 2016 Riccardo Chailly helmed the ensemble; in the 2017-18 season Andris Nelsons will take on that role. The ensemble performs operas and symphony concerts, as well as sacred music with the famous Thomaner Boys’ Choir at the Thomaskirche. The Gewandhausorchester has played an essential role in the development of symphonic music: Beethoven’s complete symphonies already formed part of its repertoire during the composer’s lifetime, and the world’s first Bruckner cycle was performed in Leipzig, as was the first complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies. Numerous works have been given their world premieres by the Orchestra, including Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Schubert’s Great Symphony in C major, Schumann’s Spring Symphony, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Under Chailly’s direction the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig has in recent years undertaken such recording projects as a Beethoven symphony cycle and all the orchestral works of Brahms, which have garnered many international awards. At the end of 2016 their Mahler cycle with Chailly, which was launched in 2011, will be released on DVD.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1998, with Herbert Blomstedt conducting the Third Symphonies of Honegger and Bruckner.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: www.gewandhaus.de

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    Herbert Blomstedt

    Herbert Blomstedt, who was born in 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents, received his musical education at the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm, Uppsala University, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He later continued his training with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg and with Leonard Bernstein in Tanglewood. In February 1954 Blomstedt made his debut conducting the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra before going on to become principal conductor of such leading Scandinavian ensembles as the Oslo Philharmonic (1962–68) and the Danish (1968–77) and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras (1977–82). From 1975 to 1985 he additionally helmed the Staatskapelle Dresden. In 1985 Blomstedt was selected as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for
    ten years. He worked in Hamburg as head of the NDR Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 1998, and from 1998 to 2005 he served as the Music Direc
    tor of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. His recording of Bruckner’s complete symphonies with the Leipzigers won the International Classical Music Award in 2013. Blomstedt guest conducts the leading orchestras of Europe and North America. In the 2015-16 season he completed a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and concertized with such ensembles as the Filarmonica della Scala, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Herbert Blomstedt is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy and holds several honorary doctorates. In April 2016 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1979 conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in works by Respighi and Bruckner.

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    Vilde Frang

    The Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang was born in 1986 in Oslo. She studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music  in her native city from 1993 to 2002 and subsequently continued her training with Kolja Blacher in Hamburg and with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. As a fellow of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, she has had several opportunities to tour with the famous virtuoso throughout Europe and the USA. Frang began her solo career at the age of ten, when she made her debut with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; one year later she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. Since then Frang has performed with many symphony orchestras all over Europe and in the Far East: she has concertized with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. As the winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic during the Summer Festival in Lucerne. She made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at their 2016 European Concert on 1 May in Røros, Norway. As a chamber musician Frang has performed with Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Arge-rich, Yuri Bashmet, Sol Gabetta, Gidon Kremer, and Truls Mørk. In the summer of 2016 she has also been serving as artist in residence at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, performing eight concerts there. Vilde Frang has released five CDs to date; these have gone on to win many distinctions, including no fewer than three Echo Klassik Awards. Her most recent recording, which is of the Britten and Korngold Violin Concertos, was released in February 2016. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin made in 1864.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 15 September 2009, as part of the Debut series, when she played works by Schubert, Strauss, and Sibelius

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    18.30 | Introduction by Susanne Stähr | Auditorium