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Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Rihm | Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges | Rachmaninoff

Fri, 12.08. | 18.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

09.08.-11.09. 2022




    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 1

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    new work for orchestra (world premiere)
    Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)
    Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 5, no. 2
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra

    The summer of 2003 saw the birth of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which was founded by the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. 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. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Herbert Blomstedt. The orchestra is composed of internationally renowned principals, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Many of their performances have been broadcast on television and are now available on DVD or CD; these have been awarded such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release is a Strauss CD, which appeared in 2019. On DVD, the first installment of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Chailly was released in 2020, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev and the Third Symphony. Guest appearances have taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

    The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016. Born in Milan in 1953, he studied at the conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan, as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. In 1980, Chailly was appointed Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and, in 1988, he took on the same position with the Royal Concertgebouworkest, which he led for 16 years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig, and he has held the position of Music Director at La Scala in Milan since January 2015. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor — in addition to his appearances at La Scala — he has performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, and the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, as well as in Chicago and San Francisco. Chailly has received such distinctions for his more than 150 recordings as the Echo Klassik and the Gramophone Award. His most recent releases include performances of Strauss tone poems with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2019) and the album Cherubini Discoveries with the Filarmonica della Scala (2020). In 2015, he published a book of conversations about music titled Il segreto è nelle pause. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 1996, the Royal Academy of Music in London appointed him an honorary member, and since 2011 he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, Anne-Sophie Mutter began her career in 1976, at the age of 13, at the Lucerne International Music Festival (as Lucerne Festival was called at that time). Just one year later, she appeared in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers worldwide since then and, in addition to the classical repertoire, continues to present new works: by now she has premiered 29 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams, whose violin concerto she just introduced at Tanglewood (in July 2021). She uses her popularity specifically for charity projects and to support young musicians. To this end, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and the scholarship ensemble Mutter’s Virtuosi, with which she will embark on a major European tour in 2021-22. In addition, she will tour in the coming season with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko and perform André Previn’s Violin Concerto; in Asia, she will present her John Williams project “Across the Stars.” As a chamber musician, she performs with her longtime piano partner Lambert Orkis and cellist Maximilian Hornung. Anne-Sophie Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered four coveted Grammy Awards and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and Austria’s Grand Decoration of Honor. In 2013, she was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anne-Sophie Mutter has served as President of German Cancer Aid since 2021.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.

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