Symphony Concert 22 – räsonanz Donor Concert

London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Barbara Hannigan

Abrahamsen | Messiaen

Mon, 09.09. | 19.30 | No. 19350

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    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

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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 recent 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 served as leaders 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. The London Symphony Orchestra annually presents more than sixty concerts at the Barbican Centre, which has been its permanent home since 1982. Residencies regularly take the musicians to Lincoln Center in New York, the Paris Philharmonie, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. They additionally give performances around the world: most recently, in May 2019, they toured to South America and made stops in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. For the 2019-20 season, Rattle will focus on works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Percy Grainger; guest conductors will include such figures as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Antonio Pappano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. The LSO attaches particular importance to innovative and broadly impactful programming for audiences of all ages and educational levels. Through these projects, which take place under the title “LSO Discovery” in St. Luke’s Church, the LSO reaches 65,000 listeners each season. These activities span 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 150 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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    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Simon Rattle has been serving as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2017. Born in 1955 in Liverpool, he studied piano, percussion, and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1980 he began a close collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he helmed 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 tenure, which ended in 2018, by integrating contemporary music and staged performances as well as Baroque works and rarities from music history. Many of these concerts were released as live CD recordings and have garnered awards. His education program in Berlin has also won acclaim, including the Comenius Award and the Schiller Prize of the City of Mannheim. 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, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dutch National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He regularly collaborates with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he recently conducted Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie (2018); he will lead Mozart’s Idomeneo there in the 2019-20 season and will also conduct Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera. 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. He received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2013 and the Freedom of the City of London in 2018.

    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

    The soprano Barbara Hannigan, who was born in 1971 in Waverley, Canada, studied voice with Mary Morrison at the University of Toronto and with Meinard Kraak at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She quickly won international recognition as an interpreter of contemporary music. Hannigan has performed more than 85 world premieres to date, collaborating with such composers as Pierre Boulez, Sir George Benjamin, Gerald Barry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pascal Dusapin, Hans Abrahamsen, and Brett Dean. Along with her vocal dexterity, she is celebrated for her dramatic presence on the opera stage. Highlights of recent years include Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze and Alban Berg’s Lulu in Brussels, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Aix-en-Provence, Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Munich, and Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House in London. In the 2019-20 season, she will appear in the world premiere of Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen. In the concert hall, Hannigan also regularly performs with Sir Simon Rattle and with such conductors as Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Jurowski, Reinbert de Leeuw, Antonio Pappano, and Kirill Petrenko. Hannigan has herself been active as a conductor since 2011, often in connection with her singing engagements. She has led concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Gothenburg Symphony, which has named her First Guest Conductor starting in the new season. With Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, she conducted her first opera in the spring of 2019 as part of her mentoring program “Equilibrium.” This summer she served as artist-in-
    residence at the Aldeburgh Festival and directed the Ojai Festival in California. Barbara Hannigan will receive the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2020.

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

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