Cosmos Stockhausen 6

London Symphony Orchestra | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Rattle | Pintscher | Ward

Stockhausen

Sun, 09.09.18.30No. 18363

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    Cosmos Stockhausen 6

    London Symphony Orchestra | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Rattle | Pintscher | Ward

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Duncan Ward  conductor
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    GRUPPEN for three orchestras

    Twice is better than once – that holds true indeed for the complex scores of the 20th and 21st centuries. Yet it is not just for that reason that you can hear Karlheinz Stockhausen’s trail-blazing GRUPPEN two times in one evening, but also because the work, which was premiered in 1958 in Cologne, is designed as spatial music. Three orchestras, totaling 109 musicians, surround the audience in a horseshoe configuration. They “play – each under its own conductor – sometimes independently and in different tempi; from time to time they meet in a common audible rhythm; they may call to and answer one another; one may echo another; for a while only music from the left, from the front, or from the right may be heard,” explained the composer. It is therefore very stimulating to hear Stockhausen’s GRUPPEN twice in a row, each time from a different auditory perspective. Between the two performances, two other key works of new music by Olivier Messiaen and Luigi Nono will be played in the main concert hall of the KKL Luzern (see Symphony Concert 24).

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    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1904 as the first self-governing orchestra in England and soon won an outstanding reputation around the world. Over the course of its history, André Previn (1968–79), Claudio Abbado (1979–88), Michael Tilson Thomas (1988–95), Sir Colin Davis (1995–2007), and Valery Gergiev (2007–15) have served as Principal Conductors of the LSO. Sir Simon Rattle began his tenure as the new Music Director in 2017; Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth act as Principal Guest Conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas is Conductor Laureate, André Previn Conductor Emeritus. The London Symphony Orchestra annually presents more than seventy concerts at the Barbican Centre, which has provided its permanent home since 1982. Residencies regularly take the LSO to Lincoln Center in New York, the Paris Philharmonie, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The musicians additionally give performances in other European music centers and Asia; most recently, in June 2018, they toured to Bangkok and seven Chinese cities. The 2018-19 season is being devoted to the focal theme of “Roots & Origins”; among the guest conductors are Philippe Jordan, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, and Sir Antonio Pappano. The LSO attaches particular importance to innovative and broad-based programming for audiences of all ages and educational levels. Each season the LSO reaches 60,000 people through its education and community programme LSO Discovery, which is based at the Orchestra’s venue LSO St Luke’s. These activities include family concerts, school projects, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the series “Discovery Days.” The Orchestra has its own label, “LSO Live,” which has released more than 100 recordings to date. These have garnered such distinctions as the Grammy Award, the Classical Brit Award, the Orphée d’or, and the German Record Critics’ Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3. September 1982, with Claudio Abbado conducting Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

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    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

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    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Simon Rattle has been serving as the new Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra since the start of the 2017-18 season. He inaugurated his tenure with a ten-day festival (“This Is Rattle”) and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as the main work; in the 2018-19 season he will devote himself to scores including Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Rattle, who was born in 1955 in Liverpool, studied piano, percussion, and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1980 he began his close collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he led as Music Director from 1990 to 1998, building it into a top international ensemble. In 2002 he became Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, whose repertoire he gradually expanded during his 16-year era by integrating contemporary music and also Baroque works and musical historical rarities. Many of these concerts were recorded live and have garnered awards. He bid farewell as head of the Philharmonic in June 2018 with Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, with which he had made his debut with the Berliners in 1987. Since 1992 Sir Simon has also been closely associated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is currently its Principal Artist; he has additionally conducted the leading orchestras of Europe and the U.S. He made his debut as an opera conductor in 1977 at the Glyndebourne Festival. Additional engagements have taken him to the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera, Dutch National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He recently performed Wagner’s Parsifal at the 2018 Baden-Baden Easter Festival. Simon Rattle was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994; he holds the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and is a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. In 2013 he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducting works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn.

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been regularly associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he re-
    gards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier received their premieres at the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra national de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher has led such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in February 2018 and with the London Symphony in June. He has been affiliated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as artist-in-association since 2010, began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris in 2013, and in 2020 will serve as director of the Ojai Music Festival in California. The Hamburg Elbphilharmonie presented him as composer-in-residence and artist in focus during the inaugural 2016-17 season. In this capacity, he performed there with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Matthias Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel

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    Duncan Ward

    The British conductor Duncan Ward, who was born in 1989 in County Kent, studied piano, conducting, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2012, on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle, he was accepted for two years as the first Conducting Scholar at the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. In that position, he conducted the other fellows in such events as an all-Boulez program, while also acquiring additional practical experience as Rattle’s assistant. His collaboration with the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic later led to appearances at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, at the Eight Bridges Festival in Cologne, and with the Violins of Hope project, in which the Philharmonic players performed on instruments once owned by Auschwitz victims for the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. Ward was appointed Chief Conductor of the Sinfonia Viva in Great Britain in 2015; he is also Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has in the meantime led many renowned orchestras, including the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, and the Ensemble intercontemporain. In the 2017-18 season, he made his debuts with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Belgique, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He conducted Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and MacMillan’s Clemency at Dutch Opera and led Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Brett Dean’s Hamlet as part of Glyndebourne on Tour. Duncan Ward was named BBC Young Composer of the Year in 2005. His works, which are published by Edition Peters, have been performed by such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Endymion Ensemble, the BBC Singers, and The Sixteen.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2017, when he led an ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI in the Swiss premiere of Michel van der Aa’s music theater workThe Book of Disquiet.

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    20% discount on three different concerts in the “Cosmos Stockhausen” series. This special offer can be purchased by calling or by using our online form. (In addition to the price for the tickets, fees are due of CHF 10 for processing your order.)