Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Yuja Wang | Roberto González-Monjas

Rebel | Bach | Stravinsky | Janáček | Haydn

Thu, 26.08. | 19.30 | No. 211317

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Yuja Wang | Roberto González-Monjas

    Yuja Wang  piano
    Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747)
    Chaos from Les éléments
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, BWV 1056
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Octet for wind instruments
    Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
    Capriccio for piano (left hand) and wind instruments
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in F minor, Hob. I:49 La passione

    Can this really be music from the Baroque era? When the Mahler Chamber Orchestra plays the Chaos section from Jean-Féry Rebel’s ballet suite Les élémens, you might almost take it for an intensified variant of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps – so radical, percussive, and dissonant is the work’s beginning. No question: in the search for the craziest piece of the summer, Rebel’s rebellious music is a very hot candidate. It far outdoes Stravinsky, who is represented here not as a young savage but as a neoclassicist, from the angle of Modernism. La passione is the nickname of Joseph Haydn’s Symphony in F minor on account of its unbridled expressive rage – a score full of eccentric and provocative ideas. And then “artiste étoile” Yuja Wang gets in on the action: first she will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s incomparable F minor Concerto, which combines dance-like exuberance with contrapuntal mastery and transcendental rapture. She then will focus on late Janáček, an “old savage,” with his whimsical Capriccio for left-handed piano. 

    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.

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    Yuja Wang

    Born in 1987 in Beijing, the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang began learning piano at the age of six. She initially studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city, transferring when she was 14 to the Mount Royal College in Calgary, Canada, and, one year later, to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she became a student of Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008. Wang made her debut with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in 2003, after which she appeared with major American ensembles, including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, she was artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. She traveled with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev to Asia and also toured Europe with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. In March 2019, Wang gave the world premiere of John Adams’s new Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. She appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic in June 2019 at the storied Summer Night Concert at Schlosspark Schönbrunn. Wang has enjoyed a long-lasting partnership with the violinist Leonidas Kavakos, with whom she has recorded the complete Brahms sonatas. Her latest releases are The Berlin Recital, an album of works by composers including Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev; and a CD with the clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer. The magazine Musical America chose Yuja Wang as Artist of the Year in 2017.

    Lucerne Festival debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

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    Roberto González-Monjas

    Der Geiger und Dirigent Roberto González-Monjas, der 1988 im spanischen Valladolid geboren wurde, studierte bei Igor Ozim an der Salzburger Universität Mozarteum und bei David Takeno an der Londoner Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Er war Konzertmeister beim Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rom und beim Musikkollegium Winterthur, das ihn mit Beginn der Saison 2021/22 als Chefdirigenten verpflichtet hat. Ausserdem leitet er das schwedische Kammerorchester Dalasinfoniettan und arbeitet mit Klangkörpern wie dem Mozarteumorchester und der Camerata Salzburg, dem Lahti Symphony Orchestra, dem Belgian National Orchestra, dem Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine, dem Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia oder dem Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra zusammen. Als Geiger interpretiert Roberto González-Monjas ein breites Repertoire, das sich vom Barock bis zur Gegenwart erstreckt. Regelmässig tritt er mit den Berliner Barock Solisten auf, so in der aktuellen Spielzeit als Solist in Bachs Brandenburgischen Konzerten. Zu seinen musikalischen Partner*innen zählen überdies die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili, die Sänger Ian Bostridge und Thomas Quasthoff Kit Armstrong, Alexander Lonquich, Fazıl Say, Sir András Schiff, Daniil Trifonov und Yuja Wang am Klavier. Gemeinsam mit dem Dirigenten Alejandro Posada gründete er 2015 die Non-Profit-Organisation Iberacademy, die sich die nachhaltige Förderung der musikalischen Ausbildung in Lateinamerika zum Ziel gesetzt hat. Auf CD veröffentlichte Roberto González-Monjas, der als Professor für Violine an der Londoner Guildhall School unterrichtet, u. a. Bachs Brandenburgische Konzerte mit den Berliner Barock Solisten und Reinhard Goebel sowie Serenaden von Mozart und Schoeck mit dem Musikkollegium Winterthur. Er spielt auf der «Filius Andreae»-Violine von Giuseppe Guarneri aus dem Jahr 1710, deren Ankauf fünf Winterthurer Familien ermöglichten und die ihm durch die Rychenberg-Stiftung zur Verfügung gestellt wird. 

    Juni 2021

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