Symphony Concert 12

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Sir George Benjamin | Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Purcell | Ravel | Benjamin | Mozart

Fri, 28.08. | 19.30 | No. 20330

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Tickets as from Mon, 23 March 2020 | 12.00 (UTC + 1)


Summer Festival

14.08.-13.09. 2020

 

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    Symphony Concert 12

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Sir George Benjamin | Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
    selected Fantasias. Arranged for string orchestra by Walter Goehr
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major
    George Benjamin (*1960)
    new work
    (Swiss premiere)
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in G minor, K. 550

    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

    August 2019

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    Sir George Benjamin

    Sir George Benjamin, who was born 1960 in London, started composing at the age of seven. In 1974 he began regular music studies in his native city, moving to Paris two years later to study with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod; from 1978 to 1982, he completed his education with Alexander Goehr at King’s College, Cambridge. The orchestral works Ringed by the Flat Horizon, which was premiered by the BBC Proms in 1980, and At First Light (1982) marked Benjamin’s breakthrough to international acclaim. In 2002, Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra gave the premiere of Palimpsests, which opened a portrait series dedicated to him at London’s Barbican Centre. Benjamin unveiled his first music theater work, Into the Little Hill, at the Paris Festival d’Automne in 2006. This was followed by Written on Skin in 2012 at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, which also sets a libretto by Martin Crimp and which has since been performed by 20 other companies; he continued his collaboration with Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House in London in 2018. The last decade has seen multi-concert retrospectives of the works of Benjamin, who was composer-in-residence at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2008, in San Francisco, Aldeburgh, Ojai, Frankfurt a. M., Aix-en-Provence, Milan, Turin, London, Toronto, New York, Dortmund, and Amsterdam. He is a resident artist with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in the 2018-19 season. Sir George Benjamin is additionally a successful conductor and has led the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and the Ensemble Modern. He is Professor of Composition at King’s College London. A Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Benjamin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017.

    George Benjamin was introduced for the first time as a conductor at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2008 in a concert with the Ensemble intercontemporain and in performances of his opera Into the Little Hill.

    November 2018

     

     

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    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who was born in 1957 in Lyon, studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and with Maria Curcio in London. He also participated in the seminars in analysis led by Pierre Bou-lez at IRCAM in Paris and took courses with György Kurtág in Budapest. Since winning the Messiaen Prize in Royan in 1973, he has been regarded as the authoritative interpreter of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. Aimard has given the world premieres of many significant compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of György Ligeti’s Etudes, and Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses. At the same time, he has consistently performed the “traditional” repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, which he presents in carefully thoughtout programs with unusual dramaturgical contexts. Aimard was the 2007 LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile”; he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Vienna Konzerthaus, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. In the past season, Aimard gave recitals in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, Paris, and Vienna, as well as at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and he undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has won many prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017; his recording of Bach’s Art of the Fugue received the Diapason d’or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique. His most recent release, which appeared this spring, is a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux. Aimard is a professor at the Music Academy of Cologne.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1979 in Oiseaux exotiques by Messiaen, with Miltiades Caridis conducting the Swiss Festival Orchestra.

    July 2018

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