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Sol Gabetta © Julia Wesely
Chamber music 2
Matthias Goerne | Sol Gabetta | Kristian Bezuidenhout
and other works
Sol Gabetta can be relied on to astonish. As here, when she launches her residency as the 2018 Summer Festival “artiste étoile” with a chamber concert the likes of which you will not have heard before. She will appear in collaboration not only with the South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, a specialist on the fortepiano, but also with the baritone Matthias Goerne. Cello and voice – how does that work? − you may ask, but for Gabetta it is precisely the unorthodox combination that is so interesting. Not by coincidence, she has realized a similar program with the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, titled Dolce Duello. “I am fascinated by Goerne’s voice,” remarks Gabetta. “His uncompromising way of approaching music has deeply influenced me.” The three will perform various lieder with obligato instrumental accompaniment, some of them original works, some of them arranged by Alexander Schmalcz expressly for this performance. Also to be heard are Schumann’s highly Romantic Five Pieces in Folk Tone for cello and piano.
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Goerne, Matthias © Marco Borggreve
A native of Weimar, the baritone Matthias Goerne completed his vocal training with Hans-Joachim Beyer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Lieder and concert music comprise the focus of his artistic work, and he commands a repertoire ranging from early music through the Classical and Romantic eras to contemporary works. In his lieder recitals he has collaborated with such musical partners as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif-Ove Andsnes, and Christoph Eschenbach. Goerne is also a successful performer in the area of music theater: in 1997 he made his debut as Papageno at the Salzburg Festival. Since then he has appeared as an opera performer at the Vienna, Bavarian, and Saxon Staatsoper companies; additional credits include at London’s Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Zurich Opera. His repertoire ranges from Beethoven’s Pizarro through Wagner’s Wolfram, Amfortas, and Kurwenal and Orestes in Strauss’s Elektra to the title roles in Berg’s Wozzeck, Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler. In January 2015 Goerne made his debut singing Wotan in Das Rheingold in a concert performance in Hong Kong. During the 2014-15 season he also undertook an international tour with Markus Hinterhäuser performing Schubert’s Winterreise in a staging by William Kentridge; he has concertized with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, the Vienna Philharmonic and Daniel Harding, the Chicago Symphony and Jaap van Zweeden, and the Israel Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohnányi. Goerne’s recordings have garnered the Grammy Award, the Diapason d’Or, the ECHO Klassik, and the German Record Critics’ Prize; he is currently working on a comprehensive Schubert edition.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 1 September 1999 singing Schubert’s Winterreise, with Alfred Brendel at the keyboard.
Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve
The cellist Sol Gabetta, who was born in 1981 to French-Russian parents in Córdoba, Argentina, studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music, and with David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. In 2004 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which enabled Gabetta to make her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Ever since then she has partnered with such leading ensembles as the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Orchestra of Moscow, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2014 Gabetta made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic when she performed at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival under Sir Simon Rattle. In the 2015-16 season she appeared for the first time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She has additionally concertized with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and has undertaken tours with the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Il Giardino Armo-
nico, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Sol Gabetta is a passionate chamber musician as well. She runs her own festival, which is called “SOLsberg,” at the monastery church Olsberg in the Rhine Valley. In May and June 2016 the 11th edition of the festival took place; there she has performed with such colleagues as the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the violist Amihai Grosz, the clarinetist Sabine Meyer, and the pianist Bertrand Chamayou. Her recordings have won no fewer than four Echo Klassik awards. Since 2005 Sol Gabetta has been teaching at the Basel Academy of Music. She plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1759.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2001 in a concert of works by Penderecki, Schubert, Vasks, and Tchaikovsky.
August 2016Other dates
Kristian Bezuidenhout © Marco Borggreve
Born in 1979 in South Africa, Kristian Bezuidenhout received his training in Australia and later at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Among his teachers were Rebecca Penneys, Malcolm Bilson, Robert Levin, and Arthur Haas. At the age of 21 Bezuidenhout won first prize as well as the audience prize at the celebrated Fortepiano Competition in Bruges and launched his international career. He plays not only on such period keyboard instruments as the fortepiano and the harpsichord but also on the modern piano. A focus of his repertoire is the music of the Baroque and Classical eras. As a soloist he has performed piano concertos with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; in the 2014-15 season he concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the ensembles Il Giardino Armonico and The English Concert. Bezuidenhout performs chamber music with the violinists Isabelle Faust, Pe-tra Müllejans, and Viktoria Mullova as well as with the cellists Pieter Wispel-wey and Jean-Guihen Queyras. Be-
zuidenhout is also involved in the genre of the art song and collaborates with Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore. Bezuidenhout is currently recording a ten-CD cycle of the Mozart sonatas for Harmonia mundi; the first seven CDs in the series have been awarded the Diapason Découverte and the German Record Critics’ Prize. He has additionally twice received the ECHO Klassik: in 2011 for his recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova and in 2013 for piano concertos of Mozart with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 27 November 2009 with piano works by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.