Symphony Concert 3

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Lang Lang

Stravinsky | Mozart

Sun, 19.08. | 19.30 | No. 18304

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 3

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Lang Lang

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Lang Lang  piano

    30th anniversary of Riccardo Chailly’s Lucerne debut

    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Dumbarton Oaks. Concerto in E-flat major for Chamber Orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    The Firebird. Fairy-tale ballet in two scenes

    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart is considered the epitome of the child prodigy. He was only six years old when he wrote down his first compositions and was admired all over Europe at princely courts for all kinds of tricks, such as playing “blind” at a covered keyboard. For his part, Lang Lang also began his training at a very young age. He was two years old when he saw the cartoon series Tom and Jerry on television and was so inspired by how the cat Tom played Liszt that he could not be dragged away from the piano afterward. Yet like Mozart, Lang Lang suffered from an ambitious father who compelled him to do daily exercises. His legendary dexterity is the fruit of this discipline, yet the Chinese pianist can do a great deal more and knows exactly what he wants to do and what to leave aside. After being stricken by tendonitis of the left hand in the spring of 2017, Lang Lang decided to take a break and has since devoted himself chiefly to Bach. And Mozart, with whose moving C minor Concerto he now makes his comeback.

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    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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    Lang Lang

    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.

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    18.30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium

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