Cosmos Stockhausen 6

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

Stockhausen

Sun, 09.09. | 18.30 | No. 18363

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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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 | Ward | Choi

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Jaehyuck Choi  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 England’s first self-governing orchestra and soon earned an outstanding international reputation. During the past several decades, André Previn (1968-79), Claudio Abbado (1979-88), Michael Tilson Thomas (1988-95), Sir Colin Davis (1995-2007), and Valery Gergiev (2007-15) have helmed the orchestra. Sir Simon Rattle has served as Music Director since 2017; in 2024, Sir Antonio Pappano will take on the post. Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth are Principal Guest Conductors, and Michael Tilson Thomas serves as Conductor Laureate. The London Symphony Orchestra presents more than 70 concerts annually at the Barbican Centre, its permanent home since 1982. Residencies take it to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence were on the program in the summer of 2021, and to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara; it also makes regular guest appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Philharmonie in Paris, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The orchestra places special emphasis on innovative and broad-based programming for audiences of all ages and educational levels. Each season, it reaches 60,000 listeners through these projects, which take place at St. Luke’s under the title “LSO Discovery.” Activities include family concerts, school projects, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and “Discovery Days.” The orchestra has its own label, “LSO live,” which has released more than 100 recordings.

    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

    Born in Liverpool in 1955, Simon Rattle 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, shaping it into a top international ensemble. He joined the Berlin Philharmonic as Principal Conductor in 2002, gradually expanding its repertoire over his 16-year tenure, until 2018, by integrating new music and staged performances, as well as Baroque works and music-historical rarities. Many of these concerts have been recorded and won awards. His Berlin education program has also earned several distinctions, including the Comenius Award and the Schiller Prize of the City of Mannheim. Since 2017, Rattle has been Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra; in 2023, he will take over as Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also closely associated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, where he is Principal Artist, and makes guest appearances with the leading orchestras of Europe and the USA. Rattle made his debut as an opera conductor in 1977 at the Glyndebourne Festival. Further appearances have taken him to the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the National Opera in Amsterdam, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence this summer, he conducted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. He also regularly collaborates with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he will launch a new production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair in the 2021-22 season. In 1994, Simon Rattle was raised to the peerage as Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II; he is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2013 and, in 2018, the Freedom of the City of London.

    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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    Jaehyuck Choi

    The Korean conductor and composer Jaehyuck Choi was born in Seoul in 1994. He studied in New York at the Juilliard School and attended master classes at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris and in Royaumont, where he collaborated with Peter Eötvös. In 2015, Jaehyuck Choi founded the ensemble Blank in Korea, which is dedicated to contemporary music and which he has since led as composer and conductor. In 2017 Jaehyuck Choi was awarded First Prize for his Clarinet Concerto Nocturne III at the Concours de Genève. His works have been performed in the United States, Korea, and Europe by the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the Ensemble Dal Niente, and the TIMF Ensemble. Jaehyuck Choi, who is also interested in painting and film, lives in New York and Seoul.

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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.)