Symphony Concert 12

Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Behzod Abduraimov

Shchedrin | Rachmaninoff | Tchaikovsky

Fri, 19330

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 12

    Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Behzod Abduraimov

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Rodion Shchedrin (*1932)
    Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 Naughty Limericks
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique

    Without Dr. Nikolai Dahl, there would have been no “Rach 2,” Rachmaninoff’s legendary Second Piano Concerto. Dahl understood the power of the subconscious and hypnotized the composer, who was at the time suffering from a creative block: “You will begin writing your concerto … You will work with playful ease …” Indeed, Rachmaninoff managed to complete the work within one year. With its sumptuous melodies and reminiscences of songs from the Orthodox Church and of Russian folk tunes, it became an international success – and a warhorse for every keyboard virtuoso. Born in Uzbekistan in 1990, Behzod Abduraimov made his debut two years ago at Valery Gergiev’s Prokofiev Marathon in Lucerne. He will demonstrate with dexterity and power why he ranks among the best of his trade. Gergiev will then conduct the definitive Tchaikovsky classic, the Pathétique. With its soulful melody, euphoric highs, and crashes into profound despair, it contains everything that sets Russian music apart – even if, in the end, the tragic hero is not able to overpower his fate.

    Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra ranks among Russia's oldest ensembles. It was founded in 1783 in St. Petersburg, during the reign of Catherine the Great, as the court orchestra. In the second half of the 19th century, the orchestra was substantially shaped by Eduard Nápravník, who regularly conducted from 1863 until 1914 and who also led the concerts of the Imperial Russian Music Society for many years. The ensemble’s extraordinary quality attracted musicians from all over the world, including such composers as Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gustav Mahler, and Sergei Rachmaninoff and conductors like Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. Many milestones of the repertoire have been premiered by the Mariinsky Orchestra, including operas and ballets by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. In 1935, during the Soviet era, the ensemble and its regular house (the Mariinsky Theater) were renamed the Kirov Orchestra and the Kirov Theater, respectively, after the murdered Leningrad Secretary of the Communist Party. The original names were reactivated after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Evgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, and Yuri Temirkanov number among the conductors who decisively shaped the Mariinsky Orchestra in the 20th century. Since 1988 the orchestra has been led by Valery Gergiev, who has significantly expanded its repertoire and also performed such previously overlooked composers as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, and Kancheli; Gergiev has especially become known for leading his musicians in regular performances around the world, from the most important festivals to the major music centers. Since 2009 the orchestra has released its recordings on its own Mariinsky hosue label.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2000 in works by Bartók, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev, who was born in 1953 in Moscow and grew up in the Caucasus, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Ilya Musin and launched his career in 1977 when he won the Karajan Competition in Berlin. The following year he began his collaboration with the Kirov Opera, now known as the Mariinsky Theater, where he made his debut with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was named Artistic Director in 1988 and General Director in 1996; this position is associated with his leadership of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons Festivals as well. With the Mariinsky Ensemble he has toured to such countries as Japan, China, Israel, and the United States, as well as many of the European music centers. In 2006 he dedicated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg that was constructed specifically for the Mariinsky Orchestra; this was followed in 2013 by the opening of a second, new opera house. In 1994 Valery Gergiev made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he served as First Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. During this period, from 1995 to 2007, he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2015 he was Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since the fall of 2015, Gergiev has held the position of Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic; his contract there has since been extended to 2025. He has also led the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He serves as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and directs the Moscow Easter Festival. Among Valery Gergiev’s numerous distinctions are the Shostakovich Award and the People’s Artist of Russia Award; in 2006 he received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Behzod Abduraimov

    Born in 1990 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Behzod Abduraimov began playing piano at the age of five and initially studied under Tamara Popovich at the Uspensky State Music Academy in his native city. In 2007 he transferred to the International Center for Music, Park University in Kansas City, where he completed his degree under Stanislav Ioudenitch. In 2009 Abduraimov’s performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto brought him victory in the London International Piano Competition, and he won the Kissinger Piano Competition in 2010. Since then he has concertized with many internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic, working with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Jurowski, and Vasily Petrenko. In the 2016-17 season he has performed with the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Abduraimov holds the prominent position of “Junger Wilder” at the Konzerthaus Dortmund until the summer of 2018. He has also been a guest recitalist at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Aspen, Verbier, and La Roque d’Anthéron festivals. His debut CD of works by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, and Liszt, which appeared in the fall of 2012, received the Choc de Classica and the Diapason Découverte. His most recent release is of piano sonatas by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI led by Juraj Valčuha.

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