Symphony Concert 9

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Emmanuel Pahud

Mendelssohn | Mozart | Schumann

Tue, 19326

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 9

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Jakub Hrůša | Emmanuel Pahud

    Jakub Hrůša  conductor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
    The Hebrides or Fingal’s Cave. Concert Overture, Op. 26
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Flute Concerto in G major, K. 313 (285c)
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

    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. 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:

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