Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Igor Levit

Mozart | Schumann

Sat, 14.08. | 18.30 | No. 211302

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Igor Levit

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Igor Levit  piano
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, Op. 54
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in G minor, K. 550

    If not for these two works, music history would likely have been different. Mozart wrote an opening movement for his G minor Symphony that seems to have been already going on before the first downbeat: its dramatic flair resembles a restless aria like the one Mozart’s Cherubino sings when overcome with emotion: “I no longer know what I am, what I do ...” To his contemporaries, this music seemed almost crazy, “too strongly spiced,” “like a meteor.” With his Piano Concerto, Robert Schumann meanwhile freed the genre from the conventional model of a “duel” between soloist and orchestra, between the individual ego and others. “There are no hierarchies anymore,” explains Igor Levit, who will perform the work in his first joint appearance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. “The piece is tremendously improvisatory; you play in an almost Miles Davisian sense.” And yet – or perhaps because of that? – the solo part is extremely demanding, especially the finale, which also requires the utmost in terms of virtuosity.

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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. 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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    Igor Levit

    Pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began his piano training at the age of three. In 1995 the family moved to Germany, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before joining Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He won the 2005 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, along with the Audience Prize and special prizes for chamber music and contemporary works. Levit soon began appearing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouworkest in 2018 and, in 2019, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the 2020-21 season, Levit was artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2021-22 he holds the same position at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. Levit’s recent major projects include playing the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he has performed at Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and Musikfest Berlin, as well as in Hamburg and Stockholm. He has also recorded this Beethoven cycle as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, among others; his new album On DSCH with Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues will be released in September 2021. The book Hauskonzert, which was published in 2021 and on which he collaborated with journalist Florian Zinnecker, follows the pianist through the course of one year and also sums up his experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Igor Levit received the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, and in 2019 he was awarded the Beethoven Prize for his political commitment.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 as the soloist in Scriabin’s Prométhée with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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