TRISTIA

musicAeterna | Soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Teodor Currentzis

Hersant

Thu, 02.04. | 19.30 | No. 20101

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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01.04.-04.04. 2020

 

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    TRISTIA

    musicAeterna | Soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Teodor Currentzis

    (Vitaly Polonsky chorus master)

    Mikhail Meylach  narrator
    Philippe Hersant (*1948)
    Tristia
    Choral opera for mixed chorus and instrumental ensemble

    Is it early music or contemporary? Folk, classical, or Minimalist? A piece of Orthodox chant or a music drama? Philippe Hersant’s choral opera Tristia eludes simple labels and is thus an enthralling event – and a rarity to experience. Teodor Currentzis commissioned this work from the French composer, who was born in 1948, and led musicAeterna in the premiere in 2016 in Perm. In Tristia, which might be translated “Lamentations,” Hersant sets to music 33 poems written in Russian and French prison camps, including verses by Ossip Mandelstam and Varlam Shalamov. They express anger and despair, but also the hope for justice and a better future and will be recited by Mikhail Meylach, who was himself held prisoner in a gulag. Hersant combines  the choral voices with such popular instruments as the harmonica, the accordion, and the oboe-like Armenian duduk. His music is rhythmically incisive and dramatic and at the same time radiates an ethereal beauty. According to Currentzis, it is about “the most precious thing we have”: freedom.

    musicAeterna

    The ensemble musicAeterna, which comprises an orchestra and a chorus, was founded in Novosibirsk in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis with the goal of covering a broad repertoire that ranges from the Baroque up into the present. From 2011 until 2019, the ensemble was headquartered at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater (near the Urals), where it performed annually in a number of productions. Since September 2019 it has been working  independently and financed by the private sector. musicAeterna has developed in recent years into a genuine major export. Together with Teodor Currentzis, the orchestra and chorus have performed in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Helsinki, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, in the latter’s hall at the Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken them to the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Festspielhaus Ba-den-Baden. They also enjoy a close partnership with the Salzburg Festival, where musicAeterna made its debut in 2017 with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito; with Currentzis, the ensemble will return there in coming years to perform Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Bach’s B minor Mass. At the beginning of 2019, the ensemble undertook its first Japanese tour, and later this year comes its debut in New York with Verdi’s Requiem. musicAeterna has premiered a number of new works, including Dmitri Kourliandski’s opera Nosferatu, Philippe Hersant’s Tristia, and Alexei Syumak’s one-act Cantos. The ensemble and Currentzis have released many recordings in recent years, including their highly touted Mozart-Da Ponte cycle comprising Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For these and other recordings, they have received the German Record Critics’ Prize, the Echo Klassik, and the Diapason d’or. In addition, musicAeterna has won the Russian National Theater’s Golden Mask Award 17 times.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, performing an all-Rameau program led by Teodor Currentzis.

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    Soloists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA

    Das kammermusikalische Miteinander bildet ein Ideal in der künstlerischen Arbeit des LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – seit Beginn seiner Konzerttätigkeit im Sommer 2003. Dieser Gedanke prägt jedoch nicht nur das Musizieren in grosser Besetzung bei den Sinfoniekonzerten; erwünscht ist vielmehr, dass sich die Orchestermitglieder auch in verschiedenen kleineren Ensembles und oft ungewöhnlicher Konstellation zum gemeinsamen Spiel zusammenfinden, um dabei die Kunst, aufeinander zu hören und zu interagieren, in nuce zu entwickeln. Auf diese Weise gelangen auch Werke zu Gehör, die im Konzertleben häufig vernachlässigt werden, weil es für ihre Instrumentalbesetzung keine festen Spezialensembles gibt – man denke etwa an Beethovens Gassenhauer-Trio oder an Poulencs Sextett im heutigen Konzert. Die Besetzung dieser Matinee stellt gleich vierzehn verschiedene Musiker aus den Reihen des LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA vor: Gemeinsam haben sie sich ein unterhaltsames Programm ausgedacht, das speziell auf das Thema des diesjährigen Festspielsommers zugeschnitten ist, auf den «Humor», der mit Persiflagen, Schlagern und Ohrwürmern zum Einsatz kommt. Die Auswahl der vier Werke spiegelt aber noch eine weitere Prämisse in der künstlerischen Arbeit des Orchesters, nämlich die Vielfalt des Repertoires und den Anspruch, der Musik einer jeden Epoche mit den adäquaten stilistischen Mitteln zu begegnen – ob Beethoven oder Dvorák, Hindemith oder Poulenc. Die Mitglieder des LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA sind international bekannte Solisten und Kammermusiker oder Hochschullehrer, die sich gemeinsam mit den Musikerinnen und Musikern des Mahler Chamber Orchestra allsommerlich zu einem exquisiten Klangkörper formieren.

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    Teodor Currentzis

    Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, initially studied violin and composition at the National Conservatory of his native city. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1994, graduating with a master’s degree from the conducting program led by Ilya Musin, the legendary teacher whose conducting students have also included Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where he was General Music Director for six years. From 2011 through the summer of 2019, he served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm, where he also helms the Diaghilev Festival. He has won international renown with musicAeterna, an orchestra and chorus that he founded in 2004. With these musicians he has performed at such venues as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Berlin Philharmonie. As an opera conductor, Currentzis has appeared at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, Bavarian Staatsoper, Zurich Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in 2017, and he conducted all nine Beethoven symphonies there in 2018 and, in 2019, Mozart’s Idomeneo. Currentzis began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2018; in recent months they have focused on symphonies by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, additionally performing these works at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. With musicAeterna he undertook a tour to Japan for the first time in February 2019. Teodor Currentzis has received the Golden Mask, the Russian National Theater prize, seven times; the critics of Opernwelt magazine voted him Conductor of the Year in 2016. His most recent recording is an account of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 March 2015, with musicAeterna in an all-Rameau program.

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    Introduction
    18.30 | Introduction to the concert by Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium


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