Opening Concert

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev

Rachmaninoff

Fri, 16.08.18.30No. 19301

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Opening Concert

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
    Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (Orchestral version)
    Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

    Everything changed for Sergei Rachmaninoff after 1917. As a result of the October Revolution, power impinged directly on his life – and on his art. The new political conditions forced him to leave his Russian homeland and flee into exile in the West. In order to earn a living, he had to perform for the most part as a piano virtuoso, constantly touring Europe and America. Which meant he had hardly any time left over to compose. The program with which Riccardo Chailly and his LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will open the 2019 Summer Festival orbits around this turning point in Rachmaninoff’s life, pairing the legendary Third Piano Concerto, written in Russia in 1909, with the melancholy Third Symphony, which he created as an émigré in Hertenstein near Lucerne in 1935-36. In both works, Rachmaninoff inspires listeners with his gift for melody, but, as Riccardo Chailly also remarks: “In fact his real hallmark is his harmonic thinking. You need only hear three chords and at once you can recognize his creative genius.”

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    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. Riccardo Chailly, who was appointed as his successor, has since extended his contract until 2023. The orchestra comprises internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. At the 2019 Summer Festival, Chailly is conducting them in three different programs that feature works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler; the Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a fourth appearance by the orchestra, with music by Beethoven and Shostakovich. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances over the last decade have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD or CD; these have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most-recent release is a live DVD recording of last year’s all-Ravel program, which appeared in April 2019, a CD of orchestral works by Richard Strauss will come out in the fall. 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 2019, the musicians will undertake their second residency in Shanghai, with additional concerts planned in Shenzhen, Beijing, and Milan.

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

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA since 2016. Born in 1953 in Milan, he studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he took up the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has been Music Director of 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 performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including Gramophone’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. In the fall of 2019, he will release an album of three Strauss tone poems with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France since 2011.

    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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    Denis Matsuev

    The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev was born in 1975 into a musical family in Irkutsk, Siberia. His father took charge of his initial training until, at the age of 15, Denis continued his piano studies in Moscow with Alexei Nasedkin and Sergei Dorensky. After winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Matsuev received invitations to perform all over the world. Ever since, he has appeared as a guest artist at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival. He performs regularly with major orchestras and conductors: in the 2018-19 season, for example, he appeared with the New York and Munich Philharmonics and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics under Mariss Jansons, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the Dresden Staatskapelle and Christian Thielemann, the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Chailly, the London Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano, and the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo in Naples under Neeme Järvi. Matsuev is especially acclaimed for his Rachmaninoff performances. At the invitation of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, he has played works by the composer on Rachmaninoff’s own concert grand at the Villa Senar near Lucerne. He serves as Artistic Director of the Stars on Baikal and Astana Piano Passion. Since 2008, he is the Chairman of the New Names Foundation, which supports the emerging musical generation in Russia. Matsuev is a recipient of the Shostakovich Prize, the Russian State Prize for Literature and Arts, and the Order of Honor.  He is a “People’s Artist of Russia”, UNESCO Ambassador, and an Honorary Professor of the Moscow Conservatory.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2013, performing Rachmaninoff’s
    Third Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov.

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