Symphony Concert 26

London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Krystian Zimerman

Bernstein | Dvořák | Janáček

Tue, 18351

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 26

    London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Krystian Zimerman

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
    Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Slavonic Dances, Op. 72
    Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)

    It all started with Aunt Clara. One day, she discarded her old piano and left it in the house of her brother, Samuel Bernstein. From that moment on, his son, the sick, pale Lenny, changed completely. “Suddenly I found my world,” recalled Bernstein. “I became very strong inside and became athletic and won medals and cups for diving. It all happened together and that changed my life. Because you see the secret of it is I found a universe where I was secure: that’s music.” And so he rose to become not only a celebrated star conductor but also a sensationally successful composer. For example, with his Second Symphony, The Age of Anxiety, a piano concerto in disguise, which the Bernstein admirer Sir Simon Rattle has chosen for his concert marking the 100th anniversary of the master. The soloist will be none other than the great Krystian Zimerman, Bernstein’s favorite pianist during his final years. In the second half, Rattle will indulge his love of Czech music with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and Janáček’s Sinfonietta.

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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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    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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    Krystian Zimerman

    The pianist Krystian Zimerman was born in 1956 in Zabrze in Silesia in southern Poland and studied piano with Andrzej Jasiński at the Szymanowski Academy in Katowice. He came to international attention when he won the renowned International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975. He subsequently made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1976; his first appearances at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals ensued in 1977 and 1979, respectively. Zimerman’s concert engagements have included collaborations with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, and Sir Simon Rattle; as a chamber musician he has performed with such artists as the violinists Kyung-Wha Chung and Gidon Kremer. The great Polish composer Witold Lutosławski wrote his Piano Concerto for him, which he premiered in Salzburg in 1988; in 2013, to mark Lutosławski’s 100th anniversary, Zimerman recorded it with the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle. Krystian Zimerman brings his own instrument to every concert. Nowadays he limits himself to a maximum of fifty appearances per season; for his recordings, he meticulously controls every detail. His interpretation of Debussy’s Préludes, which was released in 1994, ranks among the most award-winning CDs ever recorded. His most recent release is of Franz Schubert’s last two piano sonatas, which received the International Classical Music Award in January 2018. For the Bernstein centenary, Zimerman is taking part in the worldwide anniversary celebrations and will perform in his Second Symphony (The Age of Anxiety) with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Zimer-man was awarded the Order of the French Legion of Honor in 2005 and an honorary doctorate from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2015.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 August 1979 with Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, with the Swiss Festival Orchestra and Kirill Kondraschin.

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