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

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    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. 

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    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.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at: http://www.mahlerchamber.com

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    Yuja Wang

    Yuja Wang is making her mark on the 2021 Summer Festival in Lucerne as “artiste étoile.” Born in Beijing in 1987, the pianist began her training at the age of six. She first studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city and subsequently, at the age of 14, moved to Canada to study at the Mount Royal College in Calgary; a year later, she transferred to Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her concert diploma in 2008. Yuja Wang made her debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2003. This was followed by performances in the USA with the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the early summer of 2021, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Richard Strauss’s Burleske with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons. She played Mozart’s D minor Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in July and subsequently on tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno. Yuja Wang enjoys a long-standing collaboration with violinist Leonidas Kavakos; the pair have recorded the Brahms sonatas on CD. Most recently, in the spring of 2020, she released her account of John Adams’s new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, which she had premiered a year earlier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Musical America magazine named Yuja Wang its 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

    Violinist and conductor Roberto González-Monjas, who was born in Valladolid, Spain, in 1988, studied with Igor Ozim at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University and with David Takeno at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has served as concertmaster with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, which has engaged him as principal conductor beginning with the 2021-22 season. He also leads the Swedish chamber orchestra Dalasinfoniettan and works with the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. As a violinist, González-Monjas performs a broad repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary. He regularly appears with the Berliner Barock Solisten, including this season as soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. His musical partners also include violinist Lisa Batiashvili and singers Ian Bostridge and Thomas Quasthoff, as well as Kit Armstrong, Alexander Lonquich, Fazıl Say, Sir András Schiff, Daniil Trifonov, and Yuja Wang at the piano. Together with the conductor Alejandro Posada, he founded the non-profit organization Iberacademy in 2015, which aims to promote musical education in Latin America. Roberto González-Monjas, who is also active as professor of violin at London’s Guildhall School, has recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Berliner Barock Solisten and Reinhard Goebel, as well as serenades by Mozart and Schoeck with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, among others. He plays on the “Filius Andreae” violin built by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1710, the purchase of which was made possible by five Winterthur families and which is made available to him by the Rychenberg Foundation.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 18 March 2018 with the Iberacademy Orchestra in a program of works by Mozart and Beethoven.

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