Recital 4 − Piano

Maurizio Pollini

Brahms | Nono | Beethoven

Sun, 08.09. | 11.00 | No. 19345

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019



    André Richard  sound design (Nono)
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
    Luigi Nono (1924–1990)
    … sofferte onde serene … for piano and tap
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110
    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

    As a concert pianist, Maurizio Pollini explains, you have to play the same pieces over and over again. What are the consequences as far as he is concerned? “That’s why I have preferred to play only music that I was certain would never bore me.” The program Pollini has put together for this recital is a prime example. At the age of 77, the Italian grand seigneur of the art of the keyboard can empathize better than ever with the soul of late-period Johannes Brahms, who began his last piano works as the monologues of a lonely man at the instrument. Beethoven, on the other hand, has been a constant companion for Pollini throughout his life. In Lucerne he will focus his attention on the titan's last two sonatas. And Pollini wouldn’t be Pollini if he had not been so passionate about contemporary music. Which is why he will play his compatriot Luigi Nono’s  … sofferte onde serene … for piano and tape, a piece that reflects the experience of grieving. Nono uses the oscillation and fading of notes and chords, in the process responding to the bell sounds of his native Venice as they echo across the lagoon.

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    Maurizio Pollini

    Maurizio Pollini, who was born in Milan in 1942, studied piano with Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso. He gave his first public concert in 1952, and his early career culminated in 1960 with his victory at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He subsequently continued his studies, taking additional lessons from Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Arthur Rubinstein. His friendship with Claudio Abbado and Luigi Nono also dates back to this period and led to his deep involvement with contemporary music. Since the mid-1960s, Pollini has appeared as a soloist in all of the major musical centers around the world, playing repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez, and he has collaborated with the most prominent conductors of our time. In 1995 he first introduced the “Progetto Pollini,” a series of concerts under his artistic direction featuring music from the Middle Ages to the modern era, which he presented initially at the Salzburg Festival and then internationally in subsequent years. LUCERNE FESTIVAL named him an “artiste étoile” in 2004 and engaged him to perform the “Pollini Perspectives” cycle in 2011-12, which coupled Beethoven with contemporary works. Pollini has received numerous awards for his recordings, including a Grammy for his account of Chopin’s Nocturnes. His most recent CD, which was released in January 2019, includes Chopin’s Third Piano Sonata as well as mazurkas and nocturnes. The filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon paid tribute to him with the documentary Maurizio Pollini: De main de maître, which appeared in 2014. Maurizio Pollini has been awarded the Siemens Music Prize, the Rubinstein Prize, the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2012 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Madrid in 2013.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1976 playing three sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (Opp. 28, 57, and 106).

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    André Richard

    A native of Bern who celebrated his 75th birthday in April 2019, André Richard is a conductor, composer, and specialist in the performance of live electronic music. After studying singing, music theory, and composition in Geneva, he initially taught ear training at the Geneva Conservatoire but then decided to study composition with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough in Freiburg/Breisgau. In 1980, he took over the management of the Institute for New Music at the Freiburg Academy of Music and organized a concert series titled “Horizons.” He founded the Solistenchor Freiburg in 1982 to perform Luigi Nono’s Das atmende Klarsein and remained its leader until 2005. From 1989 to 2005, Richard directed the experimental studio at SWR Freiburg, where he realized numerous new works with live electronics and in the process became committed to advancing technological developments. Nono’s oeuvre has played a particularly important role in his activities, and in 2004 he was awarded the German Record Critics’ annual prize for his interpretations of this composer. Richard has appeared as a conductor at the Warsaw Autumn, Biennale di Venezia, Holland Festival, and Huddersfield Music Festival, as well as at numerous new music series. At the Salzburg Festival, he was responsible for the spatial acoustic concept and the sound design for Nono’s Prometeo and Caminantes ... Ayacucho, for Lachenmann’s Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern, and for Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet. Richard has been a freelance artist since 2006, with credits that include work for Mark Andre’s opera ...22,13... as well as Klaus Huber’s Erinnere dich an Golgatha. André Richard has been awarded the Reinhold Schneider Prize (1990), the Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation Prize (1994), and the European Cultural Prize for New Music (1998).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 August 2001 in Nono’s Prometeo.

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