Schumann Cycle 3

Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Schumann | Weinberg

Sun, 05.09. | 18.30 | No. 211330

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Schumann Cycle 3

    Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 Spring Symphony
    Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996)
    Adagio from the Symphony No. 2, Op. 30
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

    Robert Schumann’s first two symphonies reflect the ups and downs of his life. He composed the Spring Symphony as in a frenzy, within just a few weeks at the beginning of 1841. Newly married and full of inspiration, he set off on a creative flight of fancy. Four years later, when he wrote the Second, things looked very different. Schumann complained of insomnia and dizzy spells, and he suffered from strange anxiety disorders and auditory hallucinations. Only with difficulty did he fight his way out of this crisis with this score. In the finale, which uses a quotation from Beethoven’s song cycle To the Distant Beloved as a confession of love for his wife Clara, healing seems to have been achieved. Or is this work already a harbinger of the final breakdown that would lead to the composer’s admission to a mental hospital in 1854? Lithuanian maestra Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who led stellar performances at the 2016 and 2017 Summer Festivals, will offer answers with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra as she guides us into the contradictory, miraculous world of Schumann’s music.

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    Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

    The origins of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg can be traced back to the Dommusikverein und Mozarteum, which was founded in 1841 with the support of Mozart's widow Constanze and his sons. It has been known by its present name since 1908 and currently numbers around 90 musicians who specialize in the music of Mozart and in the Viennese Classical repertoire. In 2016, the Mozarteum received the distinction of becoming the first orchestra after the Vienna Philharmonic to be awarded the Golden Mozart Medal for its interpretations. As principal conductors, Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, and Ivor Bolton have had a significant impact on the Mozarteum Orchestra in recent decades. The Italian Riccardo Minasi has been at the helm since the fall of 2017 and has been bringing the perspective of historically informed performance practice to their work together. The orchestra performs an annual concert cycle at the Mozarteum Foundation and the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, and, since 2020, in its own venue, the Orchesterhaus. It also participates in performances of operas, operettas, ballets, and musicals at the Salzburg Landestheater and has been involved in the Salzburg Festival for more than 90 years, where it performs the Mozart Matinees every summer and, in recent years, has also taken on individual opera productions. The Mozarteum Orchestra moreover performs at the Salzburg Mozart Week and the Dialoge Festival. Guest tours have taken it across Europe and to Asia and to North and South America. The orchestra's discography covers almost all musical epochs; many of its recordings have won international awards.

    July 2021

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

    Born in 1986 to a family of Lithuanian musicians, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was initially trained as a choral conductor at the Čiurlionis School of Arts in her hometown of Vilnius, before also studying orchestral conducting in Graz and Bologna as well as at the Leipzig Academy of Music with Ulrich Windfuhr and the Zurich University of the Arts with Johannes Schläfli. Following a master class with Kurt Masur, the maestro engaged her as his assistant at the Orchestre de Paris. In 2011, she was appointed Kapellmeister at the Theater Heidelberg, and in 2013-14 she served as First Kapellmeister at the Konzerttheater Bern. After Gražinytė-Tyla won the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012, the Salzburg Landestheater appointed her Music Director. Parallel to this, she began her collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which initially engaged her as Assistant Conductor and subsequently, starting in 2016-17, as Associate Conductor. Gražinytė-Tyla has been Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2016, succeeding such renowned colleagues as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. She has enjoyed a close collaboration with the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer since 2013 that has resulted in such projects as an “Hommage à Mieczysław Weinberg” consisting of concerts at the Vienna Festival and Musikverein, as well as an all-Weinberg recording that won the Gramophone Award and Opus Klassik. As a guest, Gražinytė-Tyla has conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the RSO Vienna, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and, in the U.S., the Seattle and San Diego Symphonies. In January 2022, she will make her debut at the Bavarian Staatsoper with a new production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2016 as part of the “PrimaDonna” Special Event Day, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Šerkšnytė’s De profundis and Beethoven’s Pastoral.

    June 2021

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