Sommer-Festival 2017 © Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival
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Sommer-Festival 2017 © Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival
Symphony Concert 9
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Riccardo Chailly
30th anniversary of Riccardo Chailly’s Lucerne debut
Anton Bruckner was at work on his Seventh Symphony and had just composed the climax of the slow second movement when the dreadful news reached him: Richard Wagner, the “master of all masters,” as Bruckner reverently called him, had died on 13 February 1883. Bruckner responded promptly and designed the Adagio’s coda as a poignant dirge in C-sharp minor, using a quartet of Wagner tubas, the instruments that his idol had developed for the Ring of the Nibelung. Yet even beyond that, the Seventh shows in many other details to whom Bruckner owed his vocation as a composer: above all in the hard-to-miss allusions to Tannhäuser, which had awakened him to the music of Wagner. But does Wagner himself always sound like Wagner? With the Overture to Rienzi, Riccardo Chailly and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA put preconceptions to the test. For this early work of Wagner astonishes with its luster, vim, and an Italianate quality that some may not expect from the champion of the music of the future who was yet to emerge.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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 © Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Chailly, who was born in 1953 in Milan, studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, beginning 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 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; starting in 2015, he became Music Director of La Scala in Milan, and since the summer of 2016 he has held the position of Music Director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. 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 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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