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Sol Gabetta © Julia Wesely
Symphony Concert 29
London Philharmonic Orchestra | Marin Alsop | Sol Gabetta
To conclude her appearances as “artiste étoile” at the 2018 Summer Festival, Sol Gabetta will present her “warhorse”: the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar, written exactly 100 years ago, whose note of nostalgic melancholy continues to inspire audiences around the world. Gabetta performs this work 15 to 20 times a season, and she even played it when she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 and, in 2016, when she opened the BBC Proms. “In no other concerto has my approach evolved more strongly,” she remarks. The conductor Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic will present a less-well-known work by Elgar at the beginning of the concert: The Wand of Youth, in which the composer draws on melodies that he had composed as a child and young man – an ideal contribution to the Festival theme of “Childhood.” Meanwhile, the main work of the evening will be Mahler’s melodically rich First Symphony, which recounts a tragic love story: from the awakening of feelings through the greatest euphoria and then disillusionment to final redemption. The joy and sorrow of love at their most moving …
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London Philharmonic Orchestra © Richard Cannon
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham and has been headquartered at the Southbank Centre since 1951. Such internationally acclaimed conductors as Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur have influenced the orchestra’s history in their roles as chief conductors. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski was named Principal Conductor; Andrés Orozco-Estrada has served alongside him since 2015 as Principal Guest Conductor. Along with about forty annual concerts at Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, the London Philharmonic regularly performs as the resident orchestra in Brighton and Eastbourne; for more than fifty years, it has additionally played every summer at the Glyndebourne Festival. In 2018 the orchestra is offering a focus on the work of Igor Stravinsky titled Changing Faces: Stravinsky’s Journey. Tours have taken these musicians all around the world: the London Philharmonic became the first British orchestra to tour to Russia in 1956 and, in 1973, the first-ever Western orchestra to perform in China. The 2017-18 season included appearances in Japan, China, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, and France. The orchestra’s active dedication to recording, which also includes collaborations with the film industry, began as early as 1932, when, just three days after its inaugural concert, it made its first records; since 2005 the London Philharmonic Orchestra has maintained its own in-house label, on which more than one hundred recordings have been released to date. Through its youth programs, including concerts for young students and families and an education project for highly talented emerging musicians, the orchestra annually reaches thousands of young people.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1992 in a program of works by Beethoven and Strauss conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.
Marin Alsop © Adriane White
The American conductor Marin Alsop, who was born in 1956 in New York City, studied at Yale University and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She launched her international career by winning the Leo-pold Stokowski International Conducting Competition in 1989 and became the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize in Tanglewood, where she took Leo-nard Bernstein’s master class. In 1992 Alsop became director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California, which she led until 2016. From 1993 to 2005, she was Music Director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and she served as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2008. In 2007 Alsop began her tenure as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; since 2012 she has additionally helmed the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, which she will lead until the end of 2019. In the 2019-20 season she begins her post as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alsop has guest conducted the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Filarmonica della Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She led the legendary Last Night of the Proms in both 2013 and 2015, becoming the first woman in the history of the Proms to do so. In the 2018-19 season, she will be featured as Musical Curator at the Ravinia Festival and artist-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre. Marin Alsop’s discography includes complete recordings of the symphonies of Brahms and Prokofiev. She won a Gramophone Award for her recording of Bernstein’s Mass and a Grammy Award for her account of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. Since 2015 she has been Director of Graduate Conducting at the John Hopkins Peabody Institute.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 26 August 2016, conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Nobre, Grieg, Villa-Lobos, and Rachmaninoff.
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Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve
Sol Gabetta is “artiste étoile” of the 2018 Summer Festival, where she is performing in three symphony concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as two chamber concerts. The international career of this cellist, who was born in 1981 in Córdoba, Argentina, to French-Russian parents and who completed her studies with Ivan Monighetti in Basel and David Geringas in Berlin, is closely linked to LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As the winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2004. Since then she has worked with such ensembles as the Orchestre national de France and the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sol Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 when she appeared under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In spring 2018, she concertized with the Saxon Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival, where she also received the Karajan Music Prize. Shortly after, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician and has been producing her own festival, “SOLsberg,” at the abbey church in Olsberg since 2006; in 2018, together with her long-time duo partner Bertrand Chamayou, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has received the Echo Klassik no fewer than four times for her recordings. Sol Gabetta plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1730 in Venice, made available by Atelier Cels Paris.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.
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