Symphony Concert 11 ─ CANCELLED

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Steven Isserlis

Schumann | Beethoven

Thu, 27.08. | 19.30 | No. 20328

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 11 ─ CANCELLED

    Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Steven Isserlis

    James Gaffigan  conductor
    Steven Isserlis  cello
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Manfred Overture, Op. 115
    Concerto for violoncello and orchestra in A minor, Op. 129
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

    What panache! In Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, rhythm reigns triumphant. An underlying pulsation that is dancelike shapes the music from the very start. The Seventh is driven incessantly by the timpani, and its finale culminates in a passage of completely unbridled energy, where the strings gyrate at such a crazy tempo it can make you feel almost dizzy – as if the entire concert hall is about to lift off. Beethoven’s Seventh is manic, a psychedelic experience that has something hypnotic about it. The composer drew for some of his gestures on music of the French Revolution: Freedom! Equality! Fraternity! This is the message of joy that James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will convey through music. The first part of the concert, on the other hand, is more introverted, with Steven Isserlis performing Schumann’s late Cello Concerto. This work seems almost like a piece of himself, so strongly has Isserlis made it his own and internalized it. Such heartfelt enthusiasm would certainly not be conceivable without joy – the joy he finds in this wonderful music.

    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.

    July 2018

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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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