Symphony Concert 11

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Sol Gabetta

Bartók | Martinů | Bizet | Haydn

Tue, 18319

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 11

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Sol Gabetta

    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Divertimento for String Orchestra Sz 113 
    Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1, H 196
    Georges Bizet (1838–1875)
    Jeux d’enfants. Petite suite d’orchestre
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in G minor Hob: I:83 La Poule

    “I have decided to champion Martinů’s First Cello Concerto in front of the public,” explains Sol Gabetta – adding the reason why: “This concerto is simply magnificent, both in its musical substance and as a work for cello. The orchestral writing is lush, the themes, which are based on Bohemian folk melodies, are extremely appealing, and I find its rhythmic structures in particular highly interesting.” So Martinů is naturally one of the pieces that Gabetta will play for Festival audiences in Lucerne as “artiste étoile.” Folk music-like moments, this time Hungarian in origin, will also be heard in Bartók’s Divertimento at the start of this concert. But after intermission, François-Xavier Roth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will lead us into the realm of childhood. In Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants, we encounter dolls, spinning tops, and soap bubbles, before it all culminates in a thrilling galop. And the program ends with a detour to a chicken farm in Haydn’s La Poule, one of his Paris symphonies, complete with pecking sounds supplied by the oboe.

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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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    Sol Gabetta

    The cellist Sol Gabetta, who was born in 1981 to French-Russian parents in Córdoba, Argentina, studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music, and with David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. In 2004 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which enabled Gabetta to make her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Ever since then she has partnered with such leading ensembles as the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Orchestra of Moscow, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2014 Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic when she performed at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival under Sir Simon Rattle. In the 2015-16 season she appeared for the first time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has additionally concertized with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and has undertaken tours with the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Il Giardino Armo-
    nico, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Sol Gabetta is a
    passionate chamber musician as well. She runs her own festival, which is called “SOLsberg,” at the monastery church Olsberg in the Rhine Valley. In May and June 2016 the 11th edition of the festival took place; there she has performed with such colleagues as the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the violist Amihai Grosz, the clarinetist Sabine Meyer, and the pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Her recordings have won no fewer than four Echo Klassik awards. Since 2005 Sol Gabetta has been teaching at the Basel Academy of Music. She plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1759.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.

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