Riccardo Chailly © Peter Fischli/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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Riccardo Chailly © Peter Fischli/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Lang Lang © Robert Ascroft/Sony Classical
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Lang Lang
30th anniversary of Riccardo Chailly’s Lucerne debut
Fairy-tales are a leitmotif running through the 2018 Festival Summer, which is devoted to the theme of “Childhood.” Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will open the proceedings with an excursion into the world of Russian fairy-tale as they focus on Igor Stravinsky’s flamboyantly colorful and lushly orchestrated Firebird, with which the composer launched his career overnight. The titular bird is here the deus ex machina who frees Prince Ivan Czarevich and the beautiful Czarina from captivity in the garden of the evil wizard Kashchei as a reward to the Prince for his goodheartedness. Decades later, another magical garden, the wondrous Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., inspired Stravinsky to compose his neoclassical concerto of the same name. Meanwhile, we will hear music from the classical era itself with Mozart − a composer who even as a mature adult retained something childlike, as when he would play anything that came under his fingers like a piano: his hat and bag, his table and the chairs.
Radio SRF2 Kultur will broadcast this concert with a time delay starting at 19:30 (Lucerne time).
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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.
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Riccardo Chailly © Teatro alla Scala
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 Wagenaar, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky
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The Chinese pianist Lang Lang was born in 1982 in Shenyang and started learning piano at the age of three. When he was nine, he began his professional training at the Conservatory in Beijing, continuing his studies with Gary Graffman in 1997 at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He experienced his international breakthrough in 1999, when he performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared with leading orchestras all over the world, developing an especially intense partnership with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Sir Simon Rattle. Lang Lang has also achieved fame among listeners from outside the world of “classical” music devotees – all of his CDs have made it to the pop charts. In 2008 he performed at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, and in 2011 he played a memorial concert in honor of the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt, which was broadcast live in 500 cinemas, and was additionally the star guest for the Last Night of the Proms, which was broadcast around the world. Lang Lang also regularly concertizes with artists from other musical spheres, such as with the jazz legend Herbie Hancock, dubstep dancer Marquese “Nonstop” Scott, and the hit singer Julio Iglesias. In 2014 he performed at the Grammy Awards ceremony with the band Metallica. Lang Lang makes music for state presidents, Nobel Prize winners, monarchs, and dignitaries, including such illustrious figures as Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope Francis. Designated by the United Nations as a “Messenger of Peace” in 2013, the pianist is known for his social commitments as well, especially for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which he founded in 2008; as part of his educational program “Keys of Inspiration,” he has published the five-volume series Mastering the Piano. Lang Lang is an Exclusive Recording Artist of Deutsche Grammophon.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 22 November 2006 in a recital featuring works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.Other dates
The KKL Luzerne offers a reception befor or after the opening concert on August 17 which you can order in advance (link).