Symphony Concert 12

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Haydn | Bartók

Wed, 17323

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 12

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in E-flat major Hob. I:22 The Philosopher
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112
    Dance Suite Sz. 77
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in D major Hob. I:96 The Miracle

    One composer on this program, Joseph Haydn, spent the lion’s share of his composing career in the service of an enormously wealthy Hungarian dynasty, the aristocratic Esterházy family. Some 150 years later, the other, Béla Bartók, systematically studied the primitive peasant music of his Hungarian homeland as well as of the entire Balkan region. Both integrated dances and folk melodies into their works, endowing their respective musical languages with an identity of its own. And through clever “compositional science,” as Haydn called it, both combined these folkloristic elements with the forms of classical tradition. The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who commands an extremely versatile repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, will present a double portrait of these two “brothers in spirit” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And “artiste étoile” Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who herself grew up in Moldova with the folk music of southeastern Europe, will show herself to be a highly gifted Bartók performer. 

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    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 by former members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Today some 45 musicians from 20 nations form the core of this independently financed, nomadic collective. Over the course of its 20-year history, the MCO has performed in 35 countries on five continents. Alongside co-founder Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding has played a significant role in the development of the MCO; after eight years as its Music Director, he was named Conductor Laureate for Life in 2011. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, violinist Isabelle Faust, and conductor Teodor Currentzis are current Artistic Partners who inspire and shape the orchestra during long-term collaborations. In 2016, conductor Daniele Gatti was appointed Artistic Advisor of the MCO. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has performed regularly since 2003 at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where many of its musicians also participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. In spring 2017, the MCO was orchestra-in-residence at the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands and at the Festival de Saint-Denis in France. Additional highlights include its debut at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie with Mitsuko Uchida; its first collaboration with pianist Daniil Trifonov for concerts in Heidelberg, Dortmund, and Turin; and performances of Luciano Berio’s Coro in five European cities under the direction of Teodor Currentzis. For the premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra received the International Opera Award in 2013. The orchestrahas garnered such distinctions as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’Or for its recordings. In 2017 it received the the German Design Award’s Special Mention Prize for its brand identity. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 8 September 1999 in a program of works by Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Kurt Masur.

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    François-Xavier Roth

    The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who was born in 1971 as the son of the organist Daniel Roth in Neuilly-sur-Seine, began his musical career as a flutist. In the mid-1990s, he decided to shifts gears and completed the course in conducting led by Janós Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire; he also took courses with Jorma Panula. Following his first experiences as Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis François-Xavier Roth founded his own ensemble in 2003, Les Siècles, with which he performs works from the 17th century up to the present, on period as well as on modern instruments. He has made numerous recordings with this ensemble, which have garnered such awards as the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Edison Award, and the Diapason d’Or. From 2011 to 2016 Roth helmed the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and since 2015 he has served as Gürzenich Kapellmeister and General Music Director of the City of Cologne. And with the start of the 2017-18 season, he will embark on the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he will initially perform a Debussy cycle to mark the composer’s anniversary year in 2018. Roth has guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and the Orchestre de Paris. As an opera conductor, he has appeared at the Opéra Comique in Paris, where he led Saint-Saëns’ Le Timbre d’argent in June 2017; at the Komische Oper Berlin; and at the Berlin Staatsoper. His most recent recording, which appeared in the spring of 2017, is of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with Les Siècles.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 10 September 2013, conducting the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in works by Ligeti, Czernowin, Wyschnegradsky and Haas.

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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is Lucerne’s 2017 Summer Festival “artiste étoile.” Born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova, she comes from a musical family – her mother also plays violin and her father performs on the cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where the 17-year-old Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music University; four years later she transferred to the University of the Arts in Bern, where she completed her studies with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000), and in 2002 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Today Patricia Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and generates a buzz through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and modern music, she is also an animated chamber musician and creates staged concerts. In the 2016-17 season she served as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She performed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Second with the London Philharmonic; together with the Russian ensemble musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, she toured Europa, playing Berg and Mozart. In 2018 she will take on the role of  Music Director of the Ojai Festival in California. Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have won the Echo Klassik Award (2009 and 2013), the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her most recent releases include the violin concertos of Schumann (conducted by Heinz Holliger) and Tchaikovsky (with Currentzis) as well as the album Death and the Maiden, featuring works by composers from Dowland to Kurtág.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.

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