Anne-Sophie Mutter © TheJapan Art Association/The Sankei Shimbun
Anne-Sophie Mutter © TheJapan Art Association/The Sankei Shimbun
Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra | Thomas Adès | Anne-Sophie Mutter


with Mark Sattler (KKL Luzern, Auditorium, in German)

Per Nørgård (*1932)
Drømmespil (Traumspiel) für Kammerorchester
Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Agon. Ballet for twelve dancers
Thomas Adès (*1971)
Air for violin and orchestra (world premiere) Commissioned by Roche as part of the “Roche Commissions” series for Lucerne Festival
Co-commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Carnegie Hall, and Boston Symphony Orchestra
Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994)
Symphony No. 3

Main Sponsor and Partner Lucerne Festival Academy


Composer-in-residence Thomas Adès, who himself conducts his new composition for the star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, titled Air, has no fear of contact with tradition. His work draws on a wide variety of idioms – from Bach to the blues, from symphonic tradition to club culture. And yet you can recognize his music at once. Igor Stravinsky, too, was inspired by a variety of styles: in his last ballet, Agon, for example, by a French dance treatise from the 17th century. Agon turns out to be a lively revue of stylized dances, merging early Baroque models with an advanced musical language and grouping its large orchestra (including mandolin and castanets!) into evershifting, distinctive ensembles. A varied sequence of instrumental episodes is also presented by Per Nørgård’s Drømmespil (“Dream Play”), while Witold Lutosławski works with the “controlled aleatoricism” so characteristic of his music in the Third Symphony, where through-composed passages alternate with sections that allow the musicians great rhythmic freedom, resulting in pulsating soundscapes of thrilling vitality.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    From 4th August to 11th September, enjoy refreshing drinks and Mediterranean delicacies in a summery ambience, among olive trees and fresh herbs, with a wonderful view over Lake Lucerne and Lucerne's old town. Combine culinary delights and culture with the "Summer Lounge Ouverture Apéro Package". The perfect opening of your concert evening at this year's Summer Festival of Lucerne Festival. More

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism