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.

    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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    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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    Krystian Zimerman

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