Riccardo Chailly | Lucerne Festival Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Riccardo Chailly | Lucerne Festival Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly | Pablo Ferrández et al.

Performers


Program

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

18.30
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52 Lobgesang

Description

Felix Mendelssohn was an exceptional figure — and not only as a gifted composer. He also made music history when he ushered in the Bach renaissance in 1829 by leading the first revival since Bach’s death of the St. Matthew Passion. As conductor, meanwhile, he was the first to use a baton while standing in front of the orchestra. But Mendelssohn also differed from many others on the music scene in his humanity, for he was capable of genuine friendship and did not get caught up in rivalries. When it came to Robert Schumann, in particular, he was at times inseparable: between 1835 and 1837, before Mendelssohn‘s wedding, the two had lunch together almost daily. Schumann championed Mendelssohn through his highly laudatory reviews andwas in turn given praise and advice by his friend. Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will revive the alliance between these two figures. Mendelssohn is represented by his Second Symphony, the Bach-inspired Lobgesang, which was premiered in 1840 with more than 500 performers: a choral symphony that offered a “response” to Beethoven’s legendary Ninth. Preceding it on the program is Schumann’s highly Romantic Cello Concerto, played by the Spanish shooting-star Pablo Ferrández.


Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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