Symphony Concert 8

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly

Stravinsky

Sat, 19.08.18.30Nr. 17313

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    19.

    Aug

    Saturday
    18.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 8

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly

    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.

    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 creating the LFO, 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 Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, thus concluding the Mahler cycle that Abbado had been unable to finish. The LFO 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 2017 Summer Festival, Chailly will prepare three different programs with them, presenting composers who were either not performed or seldom heard in previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA concerts: Richard Strauss, Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Igor Stravinsky. Many of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’s performances over the last decade have been broadcast on television and then released on DVD; these have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the International Classical Music Award. 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 2017 they plan an Asian tour, with stops in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kyoto, Seoul, and Beijing.

    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 new 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. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine chose his account of the Brahms symphonies as Recording of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and Cavaliere dell’Ordine del Leone d’Olanda. 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 in France since 2011.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of works by Wagenaar, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky.

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    Sophie Koch

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