Symphony Concert 10

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Daniil Trifonov

Lyadov | Rachmaninoff | Prokofiev

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 10

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Daniil Trifonov

    James Gaffigan  conductor
    Anatol Lyadov (1855–1914)
    Kikimora, Op. 63
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Concerto für piano and orchestra No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Suite from the ballet Cinderella, Op. 87, arranged by James Gaffigan

    He is the wizard of pianists. Anyone who experienced Daniil Trifonov during last year’s Summer Festival in Lucerne, when he played Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, or, more recently, in his homage to Chopin at the 2017 Piano Festival, will be able to report on the marvelous music-making that happened. People were astonished by the virtuosity of Trifonov, whose hands know no limits and who can lead his audience simultaneously into an exceptional emotional state through his soulful tone, rapt sounds, and feverish frenzy. Now comes the continuation, as Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto – thus devoting himself to a composer to whom he feels uniquely related. Yet wizardry is not always magical; it can even be gruesome, as James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will show with Anatoly Lyadov’s tone poem Kikimora, about a sinister old woman from Slavic legend who drives people to madness. On the other hand, a fairy-tale happy ending awaits us with Prokofiev’s enchanting ballet score to Cinderella, in which the heroine blissfully finds her way to her prince.

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. Along with its various concert series, which it performs in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra plays in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Their season is devoted not only to the classical-romantic repertoire; rarities and contemporary works are also regularly performed. Recent years, for example, have included commissions for pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, David Philipp Hefti, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011 the American James Gaffigan has served as Music Director; guest conductors in the recent past have included Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Neeme and Kristjan Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Jonathan Nott, who helmed the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, regularly returns to conduct. Its subscription cycles have presented such celebrated soloists as Martha Arge-rich, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires, and Krystian Zimerman. The orchestra’s achievements have been documented by recordings of works by Schreker, Bernstein, Weill, Krenek, Rihm, Say, and Gubaidulina; their recording of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony under James Gaffigan was chosen by the critics of the New York Times as one of the Top Music Recordings of 2014. The musicians regularly go on tour: to Japan in 2008, China in 2011, Israel in 2013, and South America in 2014. In the past season the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra performed in Zagreb and Istanbul and additionally completed a tour in June and July 2016 to four Asian countries, giving a total of eight concerts in South Korea, China, Singapore, and India.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.

    August 2016

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    James Gaffigan

    James Gaffigan has served as Music Director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He is additionally First Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Born in 1979 in New York, Gaffigan studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Shepherd School of Music in Houston. He began his career as an assistant to Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland and as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. Gaffigan’s international breakthrough came in 2004, when he won first prize at the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt/Main. Since then he has worked with many renowned European orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Czech Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In the United States he has conducted the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In the 2015-16 season he expanded his spectrum and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic as well as at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where he led Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the area of music theater his credits have included engagements at the Glynde-
    bourne Festival, where he has conducted Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Verdi’s Falstaff. He appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2011 in a production of Puccini’s La bohème, and his most recent engagement there, in November 2015, was for Mozart’s Figaro. Gaffigan’s discography includes works by Wolfgang Rihm, Antonín Dvořák, and Sergei Prokofiev; in February 2016 he released a recording of the Britten and Korngold violin concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vilde Frang.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2012 with Rihm’s Nähe fern and Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, with Hélène Grimed as the soloist.

    August 2016

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    Daniil Trifonov

    The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who was born in 1991 in Nizhny Nov-gorod, began piano lessons at the age of five. In 2000 he started training under Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, transferring to study with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. In 2011 Trifonov won the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv before becoming the victor at the International Tchai-kovsky Competition in Moscow, where he took both first prize and the Grand Prix. Valery Gergiev, Chairman of the Jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition, immediately invited him to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Trifonov has been a regular guest artist ever since with the world’s most acclaimed orchestras. During the 2017-18 season, he is presenting his Chopin Evocations project, which he recently released on CD, in 20 recitals across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He will curate a seven-day Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall in New York and will also appear in five concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. Additional engagements include concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the San Francisco Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the Kremerata Baltica. Daniil Trifonov is also a composer: in April 2014 he gave the world premiere of his First Piano Concerto in Cleveland, which he will perform during the current season in New York and Detroit. In 2016 Trifonov received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine; in 2017 he won the Karajan Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 November 2012 performing Scriabin’s Second Piano Sonata, Liszt’s B minor Sonata, and the Préludes of Chopin.

    November 2017

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