Symphony Concert 19

Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev

Strauss | Prokofiev | Scriabin

Fri, 02.09.19.30No. 16323

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    02.

    Sep

    Friday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 19

    Munich Philharmonic | Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Excerpts from the ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, Op. 64
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Don Juan, Op. 20
    Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
    Le Poème de l'extase, Op. 54
    Love is the theme around which centers the program that the Munich Philharmonic and their new music director Valery Gergiev have put together for their first performance together at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Two legendary narratives from world literature are at the center. Excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet bring us the most famous pair of lovers, immortalized by William Shakespeare’s poetry. The fame of the notorious womanizer Don Juan has meanwhile been enhanced by many writers and composers – from Molière to Max Frisch and from Mozart to Richard Strauss. The Munich-born Strauss was, to be sure, an expert on relationship issues, as demonstrated by his opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, which concerns the phenomenon of a childless marriage. In the Poème de l’Extase Strauss’s younger Russian colleague Alexander Scriabin celebrates a vision of love from the creative spirit that redeems humanity with a shared ecstasy … Indeed, an ecstatic orgy of sound awaits us in all four works.

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    Munich Philharmonic

    Founded in 1893, the Munich Philharmonic attained a high technical level of playing during its first years under such conductors as Hans Winderstein and Felix Weingartner. Gustav Mahler conducted the orchestra in the world premieres of his Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, and, shortly after Mahler’s death, Bruno Walter led them in the first performance of Das Lied von der Erde. The Bruckner student Ferdinand Löwe, who held the leadership position from 1908 to 1914, established the Philharmonic’s great Bruckner tradition. Siegmund von Hausegger and Oswald Kabasta guided the ensemble until the end of the Second World War. In 1945 Hans Rosbaud launched a tenure that was marked by his passion for modern music. His successors were Fritz Rieger (1949–66) and Rudolf Kempe (1967–76), and in 1979 came the start of the 17-year-long Sergiu Celibidache era. He strengthened the Munich Philharmonic’s international reputation through numerous tours abroad, including throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. From 1999 to 2004 James Levine helmed the orchestra; appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the BBC Proms in London became highlights of his tenure. Under Christian Thielemann, who was General Music Director from 2004 to 2011, the orchestra traveled to such countries as Japan, South Korea, and China. Lorin Maazel was Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic from 2012 to 2014. Since 2015 Valery Gergiev has taken over the leadership position; in Munich he also leads the MPHIL 360° Festival, whose next edition in November 2016 will focus on Sergei Prokofiev to mark the 125th anniversary of his birth. In addition to Gergiev, Zubin Mehta has a prominent position as Honorary Conductor. 


    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 23 March 2002, with Christian Thielemann conducting works by Debussy, Chausson, and Ravel.

    For further information on this ensemble, visit their homepage at http://www.mphil.de/en.

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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 Ilja 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 all of the leading European music centers. In 2006 he dedicated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg that is 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. He has led the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.Along with serving as Chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Moscow Easter Festival, he leads the World Orchestra for Peace. 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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