Symphony Concert 7

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly

Mendelssohn | Tchaikovsky

Fri, 18.08.19.30No. 17311

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    Symphony Concert 7

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    Overture and excerpts from the stage music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opp. 21 and 61
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58

    “Thyself to be thy proper Hell!” agonizes Manfred, the Byronic hero, who is in flight from his guilty past, after his incest with his sister led to her death. He wanders restlessly through the wilderness, across the Alps – and yet can find no peace there. The struggle with his own identity, with forbidden sexuality, was all too familiar for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. No wonder then that he based one of his most opulent tone poems on Byron’s dramatic poem. Meanwhile, Shakespeare’s indestructible A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a delightful play of identities: the magic of confusion makes all those involved go crazy with the folly of love, whether nobles, courtiers, workers, or even fairies. Felix Mendelssohn wrote a matchless incidental score to this comedy which is at times aromatic and frisky, at times full of sturdy humor. For their second program, Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA will take up these two utterly different, classic ruminations on identity and probe the rich variety of each score.

    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 this way 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 Mah-ler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. 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. For the 2018 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them in which the focus is on Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, and Anton Bruckner. 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 production, which appeared in June 2018, is a DVD of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. 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 2018 they plan a tour to La Scala in Milan and a residency in Shanghai, China.

    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 the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s Music Director since the summer of 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 moved to 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, and since January 2015 he has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan. 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. Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including Gramophone magazine’s Record of the Year Award for his account of the Brahms symphonies. At the beginning of 2018 he released an album of early works by Stravinsky with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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 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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