Symphony Concert 8



Sat, 16308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Symphony Concert 8


    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Bernard Haitink’s 50th Anniversary in Lucerne
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 8 in C minor, WAB 108
    (performed using the Leopold Nowak edition)
    There’s been a lot of speculation about Anton Bruckner’s relationship to women. We often encounter images like these: a repressed old bachelor whose desire to marry was never fulfilled, who avoided contact with women at all costs on days when he went to confession, arming himself with a white woolen glove just in case he had to shake their hands. But at heart Bruckner was quite fond of the female sex. Evidence can be found in his Eighth Symphony, whose slow movement was likely inspired by his love for the Viennese voice student Marie Demar, along with its allusion to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The composer and his “most gracious, most noble friend Fräulein Marie” attended this music drama several times together at the Vienna Hofoper. Bruckner himself described the Eighth as his “mysterium.” Perhaps he meant this to refer not to a spiritual experience but to a profane secret of the heart.


    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and by the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. In creating the LFO, they established a link with the legendary elite orchestra for which Arturo Toscanini assembled acclaimed virtuosos of his time to create a magnificent ensemble, introducing it in a “Concert de Gala” in 1938, the year of the Festival’s founding. Abbado served as Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA up until his death in January 2014. Riccardo Chailly, who was appointed as his successor, inaugurated his tenure as the new Music Director in the summer of 2016 with two performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. The LFO comprises internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. For the 2017 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them, presenting composers who were either not performed or seldom heard in previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA concerts: Richard Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Igor Stravinsky. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances over the last decade have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD; these have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has previously toured to many of the musical metropolises in Europe, as well as to New York, Tokyo, and Beijing. In the fall of 2017 they plan an Asian tour, with stops in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kyoto, Seoul, and Beijing.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA has played annually at LUCERNE FESTIVAL ever since its first performances in the summer of 2003.

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink was born in 1929 in Amsterdam. Trained as a violinist, he appeared on the podium for the first time in 1954 to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1956 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which in 1961 appointed him Music Director; for 27 years he had full responsibility there. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink has led such ensembles as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season he additionally worked with the London Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart, and the Orchestra of La Scala Milan. Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries is the focus of his repertory. His interpretations of Bruckner, Mahler, and Shostakovich in particular have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally well known for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL Haitink has devoted himself to performing cycles of the complete symphonies and concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He is also associated with the Festival in the realm of education through the master class in conducting that he has led annually at Easter since 2011. Haitink is an Honorary Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau.  In 2017 he received the highest civil honor of his homeland when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of Lion of the Netherlands.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

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