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Emmanuel Pahud © Fabien Monthubert
Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Symphony Concert 9
Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Emmanuel Pahud
In the mid-1840s, the gloomy powers of the psyche weighed heavily on Robert Schumann: he doubted himself, was plagued by hallucinations and neurotic fears, and suffered from being in the shadow of his wife Clara, the celebrated pianist. He found that he was able to free himself from this crisis by composing his Second Symphony, a work “from a dark time” that ultimately arrives at a happy conclusion. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart also showed how to overcome inner resistance and defy the power of reluctance with his concertos for the flute, an instrument he could not bear. But it is precisely the G major concerto, K. 313, that hides this disinclination in every measure – and most certainly when it is played by such a master of his trade as the Swiss musician Emmanuel Pahud, the principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic. The Czech Jakub Hrůša, a student of Jiří Bĕlohlávek and head of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, has become an international sensation and is acclaimed as one of the finest conductors of the young generation. He makes his Festival debut leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
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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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Jakub Hrůša Jakub Hrůša © Prague Philharmonia
Jakub Hrůša, who was born in 1981 in Brno in the Czech Republic, studied conducting with Jiří Bělohlávek at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in 2005 with the Prague Philharmonia, where he was Chief Conductor from 2008 to 2015. In the opera world, he first came to notice as Music Director of Glyndebourne on Tour, which post he held for three years (from 2010 to 2013). This soon led to invitations to the Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), the Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico), and the Royal Opera House in London (Bizet’s Carmen). Since 2016, Hrůša has helmed the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; after only two years, his contract was extended to 2026. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2018 and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Czech Philharmonic. Hrůša has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras in recent seasons, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018-19 season, he made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. He is currently recording a four-part Brahms-Dvořák cycle with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Jakub Hrůša is Chairman of the International Martinů Circle and of the Dvořák Society. He was awarded the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Prize in 2015.
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Emmanuel Pahud Emmanuel Pahud © Lou Denim/EMI Classics
Born in Geneva in 1970, Emmanuel Pahud took his first flute lessons at the age of six. He later studied with Michel Debost at the Paris Conservatoire and with Aurèle Nicolet in Basel. First prizes at the international competitions of Duino (1988), Kobe (1989), and Geneva (1992) brought Pahud to the attention of fellow musicians in his field at an early age. He was appointed principal flutist with the Berlin Philharmonic when he was 22 and remains a member today and has moreover developed his career as an internationally sought-after soloist and chamber musician. Pahud has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Sir Simon Rattle. He regularly gives recitals with the pianists Eric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, and Stephen Kovacevich, and together with François
Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin, and Radovan Vlatković he is part of the wind ensemble Les Vents Français. Pahud’s repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music and includes excursions into jazz. Composers such as Elliott Carter, Marc-André Dalbavie, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, and Matthias Pintscher have written new works for him. His discography comprises around 30 releases, for which he has been awarded the Echo Klassik seven times as well as the Victoires de la musique, the Diapason d’or, and Japan’s Record Academy Award. His most recent recording, which was released in the fall of 2018, is of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s flute concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Trevor Pinnock. Emmanuel Pahud is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 27 August 1989 in Vivaldi’s flute concerto La notte, with the Festival Strings Lucerne under Rudolf Baumgartner; in recent summers, he has been a regular guest here with the Berlin Philharmonic.