Symphony Concert 12

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Haydn | Bartók

Wed, 23.08. | 19.30 | No. 17323

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    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 ensemble, which performs about 180 concerts each year and has appeared all over the world in the past two decades. In addition to co-founder Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding has had lasting influence on the development of the MCO; after eight years as its leader, he was named Conductor Laureate for Life in 2011. Today the MCO collaborates with a network of “artistic partners” with whom it realizes joint projects over the course of several seasons. At present these include the pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Mitsuko Uchida, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and the conductor Teodor Currentzis. Uchida and the MCO are performing piano concertos by Mozart during residencies at Salzburg’s Mozart Week, at the Southbank Centre in London, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Together with Andsnes, the Orchestra has embarked on Mozart Momentum 1785-86, a project that revolves around Mozart’s oeuvre from this two-year period. Pekka Kuusisto is exploring novel concert formats with the ensemble, and the MCO continues its long-standing collaboration with the conductor Daniele Gatti in the symphonic repertoire. Earlier in 2019, the Orchestra toured with Daniel Harding to the Adelaide Festival in Australia. As the resident orchestra of the Heidelberger Frühling, it has performed Manuel de Falla with Pablo Heras-Casado. And the MCO has also interpreted Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem under Teodor Currentzis in concerts in Germany and Russia. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a regular guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where its members participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. The MCO’s recordings have won such distinctions as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’Or.

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

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: http://www.mahlerchamber.com

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    François-Xavier Roth

    The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who was born in 1971 in Neuilly-sur-Seine as the son of the organist Daniel Roth, began his musical career as a flutist. In the mid-1990s, he decided to shift gears and completed the course in conducting led by Janós Fürst at the Paris Conservatoire, additionally taking 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, in 2003 Roth founded his own ensemble, Les Siècles, with which he performs works from the 17th century up to the present, using period as well as modern instruments. He has made numerous recordings with this ensemble; these have garnered such awards as the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Edison Award, the Diapason d’or, and the Victoires de la Musique. 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. He has additionally served as Principal Guest
    Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2017, inaugurating his position there with a Debussy cycle. In January 2018, the Philharmonie in Paris named him the first “artiste associé” in its history. 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. His most recent release, which appeared in the spring of 2018, is of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye and Le Tombeau de Couperin with Les Siècles. On Bastille Day 2017, François-Xavier Roth was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    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 was born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova into a musical family – her mother is also a violinist and her father plays cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music Academy at the age of 13; she transferred four years later to the Academy of the Arts in Bern, completing her education there with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000) and won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2002. Today Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and attracts attention through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and contemporary fare, she is also an animated chamber musician and designs staged concerts. As LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile” in 2017, she was able to showcase this wide spectrum. In the 2018-19 season, Kopatchinskaja appeared under Kirill Petrenko with the Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra as well as the Berlin Philharmonic. She made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra with Peter Eötvös’s violin concerto Seven, played the Tchaikovsky Concerto on a tour with Teodor Currentzis to Japan, and concertized with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. She also joined with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic to sing and play as the narrator in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Among the awards that Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have garnered are the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her album Death and the Maiden, which includes works from Dowland to Kurtág, won a Grammy Award in 2018. Her most recent release, with the pianist Polina Leschenko, is of sonatas by Bartók and Poulenc.

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

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