Lucerne Festival Orchestra 6

Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Bologne | Mozart | Beethoven

Tue, 24.08. | 19.30 | No. 211314

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Lucerne Festival Orchestra 6

    Lucerne Festival Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in D major, K. 504 Prague
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 9

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Lucerne Festival join together for a fascinating encounter this evening: Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and his famous Prague Symphony meet “Le Mozart noir,” which is how the violinist, conductor, and composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – one of the all-too-few people of color in the classical music world of Mozart’s era – was known by his contemporaries. The Chevalier, whose mother had been a slave from Guadeloupe, conducted the famous orchestra of the Loge Olympique in Paris and also premiered Haydn’s Paris Symphonies there. Yet his own works are rarely played anymore. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, by contrast, is one of his most frequently performed compositions. And one of his craziest. For the Seventh relies overwhelmingly on the power of rhythm, which is relentlessly whipped forward, culminating in a frenzied finale. The music teacher Friedrich Wieck claimed that Beethoven could have composed something like this only in a drunken state. And Carl Maria von Weber even believed that his colleague was no longer in his right mind. 

    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.

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    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who was born in Montréal in 1975, studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. At the age of 19, he met Carlo Maria Giulini and followed him during rehearsals and concerts, thus gaining formative inspiration. Following initial positions as choral director, mainly at the Opéra de Montréal, he founded his own ensemble La Chapelle de Montréal in 1995. Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal in 2000. He served as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 2008 to 2018 and has helmed the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012; since 2018, he has additionally been Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he will lead Puccini’s Turandot, Massenet’s Werther, and  a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck in the 2019-20 season. Nézet-Séguin performs with the leading European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, which he conducted on a European tour in the spring of 2019; the Vienna Philharmonic; the Dresden Staatskapelle; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. In the United States, he has conducted the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nézet-Séguin made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; he has also appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Milan’s La Scala, and the Vienna Staatsoper. At the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, he conducted the seven last Mozart operas, all recorded by DG. Yannick Nézet-Séguin has earned several honorary doctorates, is Companion of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Ordre national du Québéc and Officier de l’Ordre de Montréal. In 2016 he was named Artist of the Year by Musical America.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2011, when he led the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Messiaen, Debussy, Schubert, and Ravel.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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