Symphony Concert 22 – räsonanz Donor Concert

London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Barbara Hannigan

Abrahamsen | Messiaen

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 22 – räsonanz Donor Concert

    London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Barbara Hannigan

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Hans Abrahamsen (*1952)
    let me tell you for soprano and orchestra
    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
    Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà … for large orchestra

    “Let me tell you what it was like”: Ophelia, the plaything in the power struggles at the Danish royal court, gets a voice. The Welsh writer Paul Griffiths has combined her words from Shakespeare’s drama Hamlet to create a large monologue, from which the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen has built a moving cycle of orchestral songs. He sensitively sketches the musical psychogram of a young woman who remembers her love and hopes, recounting her emotional distress and existential despair. The fact that let me tell you has been a sensational international success since its premiere in 2013 is in no small part attributable to the exceptional soprano Barbara Hannigan, for whom Abrahamsen composed the work. Hannigan’s stupendous vocal art led Figaro to speculate whether she comes from “another planet.” Olivier Messiaen’s great orchestral work Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà ..., his final work, likewise seems to be something no longer of this world. In eleven movements, it directs our gaze toward eternity through powerful wind writing, bird call polyphony, and transfigured string melodies.

    räsonanz Donor Concert. An initiative of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, in cooperation with LUCERNE FESTIVAL and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva


    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.

    August 2018

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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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    Barbara Hannigan

    Born in Waverley, Nova Scotia, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigancompleted her vocal training in 1998 with Mary Morrison at the University of Toronto, earning a master’s degree in music. She went on to pursue additional studies with Meinard Kraak at the Royal Conservatory in The Haag, later taking private lessons with Neil Semer. Hannigan initially became known as an internationally sought-
    after interpreter of contemporary music. To date she has performed more than 80 world premieres, working
    with such composers as  Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, Gerald Barry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin, and Hans Abrahamsen. Along with her vocal skills, she is also celebrated for her dramatic presence on the operatic stage. Highlights of recent years have included Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Alban Berg’s Lulu in Brussels, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin in Aix-en-Provence, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Munich. But she is also at home in the traditional repertoire: in 2014 she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, which was followed, in 2016, by her first performance as Debussy’s Mélisande in Aix-en-Provence. In the concert hall she regularly works with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and also with such conductors as Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Jurowski, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Since 2011 Hannigan has herself performed as a conductor, mostly in connection with her commitments as a singer. She has conducted concerts with the Gothenburg Symphony, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic. In 2013 Barbara Hannigan was chosen as Singer of the Year in the annual survey of the magazine Opernwelt.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 August 2008 as part of the Pollini Project with works by Luigi Nono.

    August 2016

    Concert Introduction | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Hans Abrahamsen in conversation with Mark Sattler (in English)