40min 8

London Symphony Orchestra | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sir Simon Rattle et al.

“Adventures in Spatial Music"


KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Free admission

Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    40min 8

    London Symphony Orchestra | Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Sir Simon Rattle et al.

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Duncan Ward  conductor

    “Adventures in Spatial Music: Stockhausen’s Gruppen

    A way to make classical music straightforward: When the workday is over but the evening has not quite begun – there’s time for music then. More exactly: for 40 minutes of music. Always at 18.20, before the “big event” symphony concerts, selected Festival artists are presented in the 40min series. Admission is free, there’s no dress code, and prior knowledge is unnecessary. For the artists not only make music but also take on the role of host and talk about what they’re playing and why they play it the way they do. Have a taste!

    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1904 as the first self-governing orchestra in England and quickly earned its reputation as one of the finest in the world. Over the past several decades it has been led by André Previn (1968–79), Claudio Abbado (1979–88), Michael Tilson Thomas (1988–95), and Colin Davis (1995–2007); Previn continues to have a connection to the LSO as Conductor Laureate, while Davis holds the position of President. In 2007 Valery Gergiev began his tenure as Principal Conductor. Daniel Harding and Tilson Thomas are Principal Guest Conductors, and Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, and Simon Rattle are also regular guests. The London Symphony Orchestra presents over 70 concerts a year in the Barbican Centre, its permanent home since 1982. The musicians have a regular residency at Lincoln Center in New York, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, and, since 2010, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; they also appear regularly in the musical capitals of Europe and in the Far East. The LSO places special emphasis on innovative and broadly based program offerings for audiences of all ages and educational levels. It reaches over 60,000 people each year through these projects, which include the multiple-award-winning program LSO Discovery. These activities include family concerts, school projects, a unique collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Discovery Days and also offer participants an opportunity for active music-making. The orchestra has its own label, LSO Live, which has already released over 80 recordings. These have been honored with such awards as the Grammy, the Gramophone Award, and the Classical Brit Award.

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

    May 2012

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    Founded in 2003 by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is an internationally unique training institution devoted to the music of the  20th and 21st centuries. Some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all over the world have convened there every summer since then to extensively study contemporary scores and Modernist classics in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, which they subsequently perform. More than 1,000 graduates have attended the Academy over the past 14 years, many of whom have even participated for several summers. Since 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm has served as Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor alongside him. They are supported by a team of internationally renowned performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. Under this new leadership, the Academy has expanded its offerings. In 2017 the Composer Seminar is taking place for a second time; here young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and have a practical opportunity to rehearse them with ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. The Master Class in Conducting was expanded into a Conducting Fellowship that offers its students a chance to follow the work of the Academy over a three-week period. This summer the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is performing three symphony concerts under Heinz Holliger and Matthias Pintscher; with Pintscher it will tour to Cologne and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in September. The Academy students are also appearing in several ensemble concerts, such as programs for the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity,” with composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa and “artistes étoiles” Jay Campbell and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and as part of the 40min series.

    August 2017

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    Sir Simon Rattle

    In summer 2017 Sir Simon Rattle is conducting the Berlin Philharmonic for the last time at LUCERNE FESTIVAL as its Music Director. After 16 years in that position, his tenure ends in 2018.  He will already assume his new role as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. Rattle was born in Liverpool in 1955 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1980 he began his close partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he led as Principal Conductor from 1990 to 1998 and developed into a leading international orchestra. In 2002 he embarked on his position helming the Berlin Philharmonic, whose repertoire he has gradually expanded by incorporating new music as well as Baroque works and rarities from music history. Many of their concerts have been recorded and have won multiple awards. During his farewell season, Rattle and the Philharmonic will present such works as Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Wagner’s Parsifal, and Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri; he will also give the world premieres of works by Hans Abrahamsen, Jörg Widmann, Magnus Lindberg, and Brett Dean. Since 2002 Rattle has had a close relationship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is currently that ensemble’s Principal Artist. He also conducts the major orchestras of Europe and the U.S. Rattle made his opera conducting debut in 1977 at the Glyndebourne Festival and has also appeared at the Opéra de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, Dutch National Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera.  In the spring of 2017 he led a new production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust at the Berlin Staatsoper. 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.

    May 2017

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been permanently associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards 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; in February 2018, he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and in June comes his debut with the London Symphony. 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 its inaugural 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

    February 2018

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    Duncan Ward

    Der britische Dirigent Duncan Ward, 1989 in der Grafschaft Kent geboren, studierte Klavier, Dirigieren und Komposition am Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Auf Empfehlung von Sir Simon Rattle wurde er 2012 als erster Dirigent für zwei Jahre in die Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker aufgenommen. Dabei leitete er die Stipendiaten u. a. in einem Boulez-Programm und konnte weitere praktische Erfahrungen als Rattles Assistent sammeln. Seine Zusammenarbeit mit Musikern der Berliner Philharmoniker führte später zu Auftritten bei den Osterfestspielen Baden-Baden, beim Acht-Brücken-Festival in Köln und zum Projekt «Violins of Hope», bei denen die Philharmoniker zum Holocaust-Gedenktag auf Instrumenten von Auschwitz-Opfern musizierten. 2015 wurde Duncan Ward zum Chefdirigenten der britischen Sinfonia Viva berufen; ausserdem ist er Associate Conductor des National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Mittlerweile hat er schon zahlreiche renommierte Orchester geleitet: So debutiert er in der Saison 2016/17 beim Schwedischen Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, beim MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, beim Ensemble Modern und beim Ensemble Intercontemporain, beim Copenhagen Philharmonic und beim Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Er dirigierte die Bamberger Symphoniker, das Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg und die Accademia Giocosa, die sich aus Musikern des BR-Symphonieorchesters zusammensetzt. Als Operndirigent hat er sich mit Donizettis Don Pasquale bei Glyndebourne on Tour vorstellen können. Für seine Kompositionen wurde Duncan Ward bereits 2005 als «BBC Young Composer of the Year» ausgezeichnet. Seine Werke, die in der Edition Peters erscheinen, wurden von Formationen wie dem Endymion Ensemble, den BBC Singers und The Sixteen aufgeführt.

    Mai 2017

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