Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Isabelle Faust | Antoine Tamestit | Matthew Truscott

Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges | Mozart

Sun, 28.08. | 11.00

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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08.08.-11.09. 2022




    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Isabelle Faust | Antoine Tamestit | Matthew Truscott

    Matthew Truscott  concertmaster and leader
    Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)
    Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11, no. 2
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 (320d)
    Symphony in C major, K. 425 (Linz)

    When Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was at the height of his fame in 1778 and acclaimed in Paris as a violin virtuoso and leader of the much-admired Orchestre de la Loge Olympique, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was also staying in the French capital. And what is more, he even lived with the Chevalier under the same roof for a few weeks: in the house of Baron Melchior von Grimm. The two – the so-called “black Mozart” Saint-Georges and the original – must have at least run into each other, even if they did not know each other personally. Unfortunately, nothing regarding any encounter between them has been recorded. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra restages such a meeting of the minds, coupling the Chevalier’s terse D major Symphony with the Salzburg composer’s exuberant Linz Symphony. Isabelle Faust and Antoine Tamestit show how much inspiration Mozart took with him from the big city on the Seine with the charming Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola, which was written shortly after the Paris trip. It displays the fashion for concertante symphonies featuring several solo instruments that prevailed in France at the time.

    This concert has no intermission.

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 to realize the vision of a self-determined international ensemble dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With a core of 45 members from 20 different countries, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world. The orchestra is constantly on the move, having to date performed in more than 40 countries across five continents. The MCO’s sound is characterized by an alert, tightly knit manner of ensemble playing from its distinctive musical personalities that is akin to chamber music. The core repertoire ranges from the Viennese Classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres. The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, as well as from its Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. The MCO works closely with a network of Artistic Partners who inspire and shape the orchestra through long-term collaborations. These currently include the pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as the violinist Pekka Kuusisto. The MCO’s longstanding collaboration with Artistic Advisor Daniele Gatti focuses on larger symphonic works. The MCO is a regular guest at Lucerne Festival, where the musicians also comprise part of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The MCO’s numerous CDs have won such prizes as the Grammy Award and the Diapason d’or. Through a growing number of offstage projects, the MCO brings music, learning, and creativity to communities across the globe.

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

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    July 2021

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    Isabelle Faust

    The violinist Isabelle Faust was born in 1972 in Baden-Württemberg. Only 11 when she founded her own string quartet, she won the Leopold Mozart Competition in 1987. In Christoph Poppen she discovered a mentor for whom chamber music was also a central part of musical life. After winning the Paganini Competition in 1993, she moved to France, where she intensively studied the works of Fauré and Debussy and became known for her recordings of the sonatas of Bartók, Szymanowski, and Janáček. Faust performs a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque and Bach up to such contemporary composers as György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, and Jörg Widmann. She is especially interested in examining how a work has been created, which includes studying original sources and taking into account historically informed performance practice. Faust, who was “artiste étoile” during the 2015 Lucerne Summer Festival, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and has performed with such conductors as Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, and Mariss Jansons. Faust concertized regularly with Claudio Abbado in particular; she also recorded the violin concertos of Beethoven and Berg with Abbado, winning the Diapason d’Or, the Echo Klassik, and the Gramophone Award. With her duo partner, the pianist Alexander Melnikov, she has recorded the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms; her most recent release is a Schumann recording that includes the Violin Concerto and the Piano Trios. Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivari from 1704.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2009 playing Michael Jarrell’s … Paysages avec Figures absentes … (Nachlese IV), with the Ensemble Contrechamps under Stefan Asbury.

    August 2016

    Antoine Tamestit

    French violist Antoine Tamestit, who was born in 1979, studied with Jean Sulem at the Paris Conservatory, with Jesse Levine at Yale University, and with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. His career was launched when he became the recipient of four prestigious awards: In 2000-01 he won the Concours Maurice Vieux in Paris and the William Primrose Competition in Chicago, in 2003 the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York, and in 2004 the ARD Music Competition, where he also received the Audience Award and two special awards. In 2007 he earned recognition at the Victoires de la Musique Competition as “instrumental revelation of the year,” and in 2008 he won the highly coveted Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which resulted in his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Tamestit, whose repertoire spans from the Baroque to the present, has appeared as soloist in concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the 2009-10 season he was artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. As a chamber musician, Tamestit partners with Gidon Kremer, Daishin Kashimoto, Emmanuel Pahud, Mischa Maisky, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Natalia Gutman; he plays in a string trio with Frank Peter Zimmerman and Christian Poltéra. His regular duo partner is German pianist Markus Hadulla, with whom he has performed in Amsterdam, Vienna, London, Athens, Brussels, and Paris, as well as at Lincoln Center in New York, where he gave the first viola recital ever to be scheduled by the acclaimed Center. Antoine Tamestit plays an instrument made by Antonio Stradivari in 1672.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in a chamber concert on 12 August 2006 playing works of Brahms and Mendelssohn.

    August 2011

    Matthew Truscott