Opening – Lucerne Festival Orchestra 1

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly

Mozart | Schubert

Fri, 13.08. | 18.30 | No. 211301

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Opening – Lucerne Festival Orchestra 1

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
    Symphony in G minor, K. 550
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Symphony No. 6 in C major, D 589

    At long last: a beginning. The night before its Prague premiere, Mozart composed the overture to Don Giovanni, the “opera of operas.” But this beginning already reveals how it all will end: with the downfall, the hellish journey of the “punished libertine,” the amoral hero for whom the women go crazy. Of this dark prelude, the Romantic E.T.A. Hoffmann, who called himself Amadeus out of admiration for Mozart, wrote: “I saw fiery demons stretching out their glowing claws from nocturnal depths.” What a beginning! And did any symphony before Mozart start off like his G minor Symphony: so restlessly, softly and almost secretly, with no call-to-attention? Was this music written for a future age? Or for the next generation, to which Franz Schubert in Vienna belonged? Yet in his Sixth Symphony, Schubert focuses on the sunny side of life and benevolent musical spirits: C major, Viennese nonchalance, pleasure put to sound, playful ideas, and an affinity with Italian opera buffa. From dark night into the light …

    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 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 was appointed his successor in 2016 and has since extended his contract until 2023. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra consists of internationally acclaimed principals, chamber musicians, and music teachers, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. At the “Life Is Live” Festival in the summer of 2020, it is appearing for the first time under the baton of the Swedish maestro Herbert Blomstedt in two all-Beethoven programs. There will be an additional chamber music program of septets by Mozart and Beethoven. Many of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s performances 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 releases include a CD of orchestral works by Richard Strauss, which came out in 2019, and, in the summer of 2020, a DVD of the first part of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Riccardo Chailly, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev as the soloist and the Third Symphony. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has previously toured to many of the musical metropolises in Europe, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.

    The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been performing annually at the Summer Festival since its first appearance in 2003.

    August 2020

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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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