London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Magdalena Kožená

Adámek | Beethoven

Wed, 08.09. | 19.30 | No. 211334

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    London Symphony Orchestra

    London Symphony Orchestra | Sir Simon Rattle | Magdalena Kožená

    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor
    Magdalena Kožená  mezzo-soprano
    Ondřej Adámek (*1979)
    Where Are You? for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

    In Beethoven’s Pastoral the brook murmurs, cuckoos, quail, and nightingales sing, lightning flashes, and thunder rumbles. But the composer himself warned the performers not to take it too naturalistically: “More the expression of feeling than illustration,” he indicated at the top of the score. Simon Rattle, too, finds the notion that “the storm somehow has to do with the weather” to be downright awful: “It’s clearly about a spiritual crisis, about the horrors of the French Revolution, or about Beethoven’s rage in the face of his own physical infirmities and his gratitude to God that he managed to live with them.” A search for meaning and God is also the topic of the concert’s opening work, when Magdalena Kožená sings the cycle Where Are You? by her fellow Czech Ondřej Adámek, which was first performed in March 2021. “Adámek tends to combine the driving rhythms of Minimalism with experimental techniques as well as folk music patterns,” wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “In this way, his music remains comprehensible and purposeful at every moment.”

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    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1904 as England’s first self-governing orchestra and soon earned an outstanding international reputation. During the past several 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 helmed the orchestra. Sir Simon Rattle has served as Music Director since 2017; in 2024, Sir Antonio Pappano will take on the post. Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth are Principal Guest Conductors, and Michael Tilson Thomas serves as Conductor Laureate. The London Symphony Orchestra presents more than 70 concerts annually at the Barbican Centre, its permanent home since 1982. Residencies take it to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence were on the program in the summer of 2021, and to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara; it also makes regular guest appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Philharmonie in Paris, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The orchestra places special emphasis on innovative and broad-based programming for audiences of all ages and educational levels. Each season, it reaches 60,000 listeners through these projects, which take place at St. Luke’s under the title “LSO Discovery.” Activities include family concerts, school projects, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and “Discovery Days.” The orchestra has its own label, “LSO live,” which has released more than 100 recordings.

    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

    Born in Liverpool in 1955, Simon Rattle 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, shaping it into a top international ensemble. He joined the Berlin Philharmonic as Principal Conductor in 2002, gradually expanding its repertoire over his 16-year tenure, until 2018, by integrating new music and staged performances, as well as Baroque works and music-historical rarities. Many of these concerts have been recorded and won awards. His Berlin education program has also earned several distinctions, including the Comenius Award and the Schiller Prize of the City of Mannheim. Since 2017, Rattle has been Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra; in 2023, he will take over as Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also closely associated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, where he is Principal Artist, and makes guest appearances with the leading orchestras of Europe and the USA. Rattle made his debut as an opera conductor in 1977 at the Glyndebourne Festival. Further appearances have taken him to the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the National Opera in Amsterdam, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence this summer, he conducted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. He also regularly collaborates with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he will launch a new production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair in the 2021-22 season. In 1994, Simon Rattle was raised to the peerage as Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II; he is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2013 and, in 2018, the Freedom of the City of London.

    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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    Magdalena Kožená

    Born in 1973 in Brno, Czech Republic, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená began her musical education in 1987 at the conservatory of her native city and continued her studies with Eva Blahová in Bratislava from 1991 to 1995. Several international prizes, including victory at the Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995, launched her professional career. In 1996, she became a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper, and since 1997 she has been a freelance artist. Her operatic repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to contemporary works. At the Salzburg Festival, Kožená has appeared as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Idamante in Idomeneo, and at the Easter Festival there she has performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Bizet's Carmen. Lucerne Festival named her “artiste étoile” in the summer of 2009. Kožená is closely associated with the Berlin Staatsoper, where she has appeared as Debussy’s Mélisande, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Martinů’s Juliette, and Phaedra in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, among others. She has sung Cherubino in Mozart’s Figaro at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Rossini’s Cenerentola at the Royal Opera House in London, and Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of Dusapin’s Macbeth Underworld at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. She has also been invited to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra du Châtelet in Paris, and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals. In the summer of 2021, she took part in the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence in Aix-en-Provence. Kožená has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Mariss Jansons. She has been awarded the Echo Klassik, the Gramophone Award, and the Diapason d’or for her recordings; most recently, in the fall of 2019, she released the album Soirée: Magdalena Kožená and Friends. Magdalena Kožená has been a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2003.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 22 March 1997 with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski in sacred music works by Handel and Charpentier.

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