Symphony Concert 11

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | François-Xavier Roth | Sol Gabetta

Bartók | Martinů | Bizet | Haydn

Tue, 28.08.19.30No. 18319

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    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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    To the Live Streams

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 8 November 2018, starting at 20:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Im Konzertsaal” (“In the Concert Hall”) program. 

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    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. Over the course of its 21-year history, the MCO has performed on five continents. 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. Daniele Gatti has been closely associated with the ensemble as Artistic Advisor since 2016; they have already performed a Beethoven cycle and will also take on the major symphonic repertoire together in the coming years. Collaborating in the role of Artistic Partners are the conductor Teodor Currentzis, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who will perform the Mozart piano concertos with the ensemble over several seasons. Among the highlights of recent years is the award-winning project Beethoven Journey with Leif Ove Andsnes, which presented the complete Beethoven piano concertos and which has also been released as a recording. The MCO is a regular guest at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where many of its musicians also participate in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. In 2018 the MCO launched a long-term collaboration with the Heidelberg Spring Festival and had a residency at the Ojai Festival in California. The MCO received the International Opera Award in 2013 for the premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Aix-en-Provence Festival; in 2018 it performed this work at the Holland Festival. The MCO’s discography has garnered such distinctions as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’or. In 2017 it received the German Design Award for its branding.

    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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    Sol Gabetta

    Sol Gabetta is “artiste étoile” of the 2018 Summer Festival, where she is performing in three symphony concerts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as two chamber concerts. The international career of this cellist, who was born in 1981 in Córdoba, Argentina, to French-Russian parents and who completed her studies with Ivan Monighetti in Basel and David Geringas in Berlin, is closely linked to LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As the winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2004. Since then she has worked with such ensembles as the Orchestre national de France and the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles and London Philharmonics, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sol Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014 when she appeared under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In spring 2018, she concertized with the Saxon Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival, where she also received the Karajan Music Prize. Shortly after, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician and has been producing her own festival, “SOLsberg,” at the abbey church in Olsberg since 2006; in 2018, together with her long-time duo partner Bertrand Chamayou, she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has received the Echo Klassik no fewer than four times for her recordings. Sol Gabetta plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1730 in Venice, made available by Atelier Cels Paris.

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

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