Opening – Lucerne Festival Orchestra 1

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Riccardo Chailly

Mozart | Schubert

Fri, 13.08. | 18.30 | No. 211301

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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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 …

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    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. He was succeeded in 2016 by Riccardo Chailly, who has since extended his contract until 2026. Guest conductors have included Andris Nelsons, Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Herbert Blomstedt. The orchestra is composed of internationally renowned principals, chamber musicians, and music professors, as well as members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala. Many of their performances have been broadcast on television and are now available on DVD or CD; these have been awarded such prizes as the Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. Their most recent release is a Strauss CD, which appeared in 2019. On DVD, the first installment of their Rachmaninoff cycle under Chailly was released in 2020, featuring the Third Piano Concerto with soloist Denis Matsuev and the Third Symphony. Guest appearances have taken the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to numerous European musical capitals, as well as to New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

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

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016. Born in Milan in 1953, he studied at the conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan, as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. In 1980, Chailly was appointed Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and, in 1988, he took on the same position with the Royal Concertgebouworkest, which he led for 16 years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig, and he has held the position of Music Director at 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 appearances at La Scala — he has performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, and the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, as well as in Chicago and San Francisco. Chailly has received such distinctions for his more than 150 recordings as the Echo Klassik and the Gramophone Award. His most recent releases include performances of Strauss tone poems with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2019) and the album Cherubini Discoveries with the Filarmonica della Scala (2020). In 2015, he published a book of conversations about music titled Il segreto è nelle pause. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 1996, the Royal Academy of Music in London appointed him an honorary member, and since 2011 he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

    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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