Symphony Concert 10

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Daniil Trifonov

Lyadov | Rachmaninoff | Prokofiev

Mon, 27.08. | 19.30 | No. 18317

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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 for 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.

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will broadcast this concert live.

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    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

    The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. In addition to the various concert series that it presents at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra performs in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Its seasons are devoted not only to the Classical and Romantic repertoire but also regularly include rarities and contemporary works. For example, in recent years it has presented newly commissioned scores by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, Thomas Adès, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011, the American James Gaffigan has served as music director. Other conductors who have had a major presence in recent seasons include Matthias Bamert, Andrey Boreyko, Peter Eötvös, Hannu Lintu, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, and Leonard Slatkin. Jonathan Nott, who was music director from 1997 to 2002, also regularly returns to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Among the acclaimed soloists who perform in the subscription series are Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Kirill Gerstein, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Truls Mørk, and Maria João Pires. The orchestra’s artistry has been documented on recordings of works by Brahms, Bernstein, Dutilleux, Dvořák, Krenek, Gubaidulina, Rihm, Saint-Saëns, Say, Schreker, and Weill; their most recent release, from the fall of 2017, is a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle with Oliver Schnyder. The musicians regularly travel as well. In the summer of 2016 they undertook a tour to four Asian countries, and in the spring of 2017 they performed at the Bogotá International Music Festival. Guest performances during the 2017-18 season included concerts at the Ravinia Festival in the United States and the Festival de Besançon, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, London, Paris, and Moscow.

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

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    James Gaffigan

    James Gaffigan has been Music Director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2011; he also serves as First Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hilversum. 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 with 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 am Main. Since then he has been collaborating with many acclaimed European orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Czech Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has guest conducted the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. In the 2017-18 season, he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and appeared at Chicago Lyric Opera conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Previous engagements in the realm of music theater have taken him to the Glyndebourne Festival, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Bavarian Staatsoper. In the 2018-19 season, he will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with a series of performances of Puccini’s La bohème; he will also appear for the first time at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, where he will conduct Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. James Gaffigan’s discography encompasses works by Rihm, Dvořák, and Brahms; he is currently recording a complete Prokofiev symphony cycle in Hilversum.

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

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    Daniil Trifonov

    The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who was born in 1991 in Nizhny Novgorod, began learning piano at the age of five. In 2000, he enrolled in a course of study with Tatiana Zelikman at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, transferring to Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009. In 2011 Trifonov won the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and was subsequently a victor at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he took both first prize and the Grand Prix. Valery Gergiev, chairman of the jury for the Tchaikovsky Competition, immediately invited him to perform in concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Trifo-nov has been a regular guest with the most acclaimed international orchestras ever since, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Filarmonica della Scala. In the 2017-18 season, he presented his Chopin Evocations project, which he has also recorded, in 20 recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He curated a seven-part “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall in New York and also appeared in five concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In the fall of 2018, he will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Third with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Daniil Trifonov is also a composer. In 2014, he presented his First Piano Concerto in Cleveland, which he has performed in recent months in New York and Detroit. Trifonov won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was named Gramophone magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2016, and in 2017 he received the Karajan Music Award.

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

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