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Symphony Concert 3
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Lang Lang
30th anniversary of Riccardo Chailly’s Lucerne debut
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.
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 creating the LFO, 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 Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. The LFO 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 2017 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them, presenting composers who were either not performed or seldom heard in previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA concerts: Richard Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Igor Stravinsky. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances over the last decade have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD; these have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. 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 2017 they plan an Asian tour, with stops in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kyoto, Seoul, and Beijing.
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, who was born in 1953 in Milan, studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, beginning 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 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; starting in 2015, he became Music Director of La Scala in Milan, and since the summer of 2016 he has held the position of Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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 two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine chose his account of the Brahms symphonies as Recording of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, 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 began studying piano at the age of three. At nine he commenced his professional education at the Beijing Central Conservatory, continuing in 1997 at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Gary Graffman. His international breakthrough came in 1999, when he appeared at the Ravinia Festival at the last minute to fill in for an indisposed colleague and performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and has worked intensively with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Simon Rattle. Lang Lang has also won recognition among a larger public beyond the confines of “classical” listeners, with all of his recordings entering the pop charts. In 2008 he performed at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Beijing; in 2011 he played in a memorial concert marking the bicentenary of Franz Liszt, which was broadcast live in 500 cinemas, and in the same year he was also the star guest for the Last Night at the Proms, which was broadcast around the world. Lang Lang in addition regularly concertizes with artists from other musical genres, including the jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the dubstep dancer Marchese “Nonstop” Scott, and the pop singer Julio Iglesias. In 2014 he performed with the band Metallica at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Lang Lang plays for heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, and such illustrious leaders as Queen Elizabeth II. and Barack Obama. The pianist is also committed to a diverse array of social and humanitarian causes. In 2013 the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon named him UN Messenger of Peace. In 2008 Lang Lang published his autobiography, titled Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 22 November 2006 in a recital featuring works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.Other dates
18.30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium