© Frans Jansen
© Frans Jansen
Schumann Cycle 3
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
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.
This concert is under the auspices of the Friends of Lucerne Festival
Tyla Grazinyte © Vern Evans
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who was born in 1986 to a Latvian musical family, initially trained in choral conducting at the Čiurlionis Art School in her native Vilnius before also studying orchestral conducting in Graz and Bologna, at the Leipzig Academy of Music with Ulrich Windfuhr, and at the University of the Arts in Zurich 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 Kapellmeisterin at the Theater Heidelberg, and in the 2013-14 season she served as First Kapellmeisterin at the Concert Theater in Bern. International recognition came when Gražinytė-Tyla won the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012. The Salzburg Landestheater thereupon immediately named her Music Director, which position she held until the summer of 2017. During this time she also began her partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she was initially engaged as Assistant Conductor and then, in the 2016-17 season, as Associate Conductor; in the coming fall she will conduct Mahler’s Fourth Symphony there. Since September 2016 Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has served as Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – thus succeeding such renowned colleagues as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. Since 2013 she has enjoyed a close association with the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer, which has led to such projects as an “Hommage à Mieczysław Weinberg” with two concerts at the Wiener Festwochen and at the Musikverein in Vienna along with a recording of Weinberg’s music. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has appeared as a guest conductor with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the RSO Wien, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and, in the United States, with the Seattle and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.
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 2017Other dates