Symphony Concert 1

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Denis Matsuev

Rachmaninoff

Sat, 17.08.18.30No. 19305

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019

 

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    Symphony Concert 1

    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

    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 by the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. In this way 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 Mah-ler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. 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. For the 2018 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them in which the focus is on Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Anton Bruckner. 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 production, which appeared in June 2018, is a DVD of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. 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 2018 they plan a tour to La Scala in Milan and a residency in Shanghai, China.

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

    July 2018

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s Music Director since the summer of 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 moved to 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, and since January 2015 he has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan. 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. Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. At the beginning of 2018 he released an album of early works by Stravinsky with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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 in France he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 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. Initially, he trained with his father, until at the age of 15 he continued his piano studies in Moscow with Alexei Nasedkin and Sergei Dorensky. Matsuev won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 and was subsequently invited to perform around the world. Since then, he has been 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 has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the leading London and American orchestras. Through these engagements, Denis Matsuev has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, and Yuri Temirkanov. Matsuev has received praise especially for his Rachmaninoff interpretations. At the invitation of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, he has played works by the composer on his own concert grand in the Villa “Senar” near Lucerne. He serves as Artistic Director of the Annecy Classic Festival in France, the Stars on Baikal, the Crescendo series, and Astana Piano Passion; as Chairman of the New Names Foundation, he supports the emerging musical generation in his homeland. In the 2017-18 season, Matsuev is collaborating with the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden as “Capell-Virtuos”; he is also performing with the Vienna and Munich Philharmonics, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Filarmonica della Scala. Denis Matsuev will be an Ambassador of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for the opening of which he is preparing a concert in Red Square in Moscow.

    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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