Symphony Concert 8

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Sophie Koch


Sat, 19.08. | 18.30 | No. 17313

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 8

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly | Sophie Koch

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Sophie Koch  mezzo-soprano
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Le Faune et la Bergère op. 2. Three Songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
    Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3
    Feu d'artifice op. 4
    Chant funèbre op. 5
    Swiss premiere
    Le sacre du printemps

    In 1913 Igor Stravinsky set off the “big bang of modernism” with the percussive eruptions of his Sacre du printemps. But no one is born a revolutionary … For their third program, Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA explore the paths that led the young Stravinsky to this musical milestone. It’s an exciting chance to hear the Swiss premiere of the Chant funèbre from 1909, a work that Stravinsky composed following the death of his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and which was regarded as lost for more than 100 years until it was rediscovered in a backroom at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 2015.
    As a companion, they will play the short piece Feu d’artifce, which Stravinsky wrote in 1908 as a wedding gif for Rimsky’s daughter Nadezhda. Meanwhile, Le Faune et la Bergère is a setting of an erotic poem by Pushkin that he composed in 1906 during his own honeymoon. And the Scherzo fantastique prompted the impresario Sergei Diaghilev to commission Stravinsky for the frst new production by the Ballets Russes.


    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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    Sophie Koch

    The French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch graduated from the class led by Jane Berbié at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 1994 she won the s’Hertogenbosch Vocal Competition, soon thereafter beginning her international career with performances at the Royal Opera House in London (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), the Semperoper in Dresden (Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos), and the Bavarian Staatsoper (Mozart’s Don Giovanni). Her credits since then have extended to many of the great opera venues, including the Vienna Staatoper, La Scala in Milan, the Opéra national de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. Though the focus of her repertoire was initially on the mezzo characters of Mozart and Richard Strauss as well as such roles as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust, in recent years Sophie Koch has expanded her spectrum to take on more dramatic Wagnerian roles. In London she has performed Brangäne in Tristan and Venus in Tannhäuser, and she has taken part in new productions of The Ring in Paris and Munich (as Fricka and Waltraute). In Salzburg she has sung Adriano from Rienzi, while at Deutsche Oper Berlin she has appeared in Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama. Sophie Koch is a sought-after lieder singer as well. She has given recitals at the festivals in Edinburgh, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, and Verbier; at the Musikverein in Vienna; at London’s Wigmore Hall; and in Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, and Paris. She has moreover recorded lieder by Schubert, Wolf, Fauré, Chausson, Respighi, Wellesz, and Bloch, as well as Massenet’s Werther and Manon and Grieg’s Peer Gynt, and she sang on the premiere recording of Laurent Petitgirard’s Elephant Man. In 2001 Sophie Koch won Dresden Staatsoper’s Christel Goltz Prize, and in 2016 the Vienna Staatsoper named her a Kammersängerin.

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