Patricia Kopatchinskaja @ 3B-Produkton
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja @ 3B-Produkton
Teodor Currentzis © Aleksey Gushchin
Teodor Currentzis @ Claudia Höhne
Symphony Concert 1
musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
Symphony in G minor, K. 183 (173dB)
Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, K. 218
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 Sinfonia eroica
Until 1991, Perm located near the Urals over 1,000 kilometers northeast of Moscow, was a “forbidden city” that foreigners were not permitted to visit but only allowed to pass through via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Yet it is precisely in this remote spot that a musical revolution has occurred: in 2011 the Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis settled there with his ensemble musicAeterna and began interpreting the supposedly familiar repertoire with such fundamentally freshness, in a literally radical way, that the world has not gotten over its astonishment. Currentzis will lead two concerts at the Easter Festival – and to launch these he has another indomitable personality at his side: the Moldova-born violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who now lives in Switzerland. “The beautiful woman who is not too much given to beautiful notes, and the mystic. The child of immigrants and the fortune seeker. The anarchist and the revolutionary. What a perfect couple!” as Die Zeit recently remarked. Mozart and Beethoven would have enjoyed these artists.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja offers a public rehearsal for primary school classes. Information and registration forms at email@example.com
Musica Aeterna @ Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
The Russian orchestra musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk with the goal both of performing Baroque and classical works in the original sound and of giving a fresh impetus to the field of contemporary music. Since the 2011-12 season the ensemble, to which the musicAeterna Chamber Choir also belongs, has made its home at Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre (located near the Ural Mountains). There it performs annually in several productions. The 2014-15 season has included new stagings of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Over the past several years musicAeterna has developed into a truly sought-after export: taught with Currentzis the ensemble has toured to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. At the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic it presented Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in February 2014 at the Philharmonie. musicAeterna has also released numerous recordings, including accounts of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos (with Alexander Melnikov) and Fourteenth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, and in particular a highly touted recording of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera cycle: Le nozze di Figaro won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2014, Così fan tutte was released in November 2014, and Don Giovanni will appear in the fall of 2015. Having won the Golden Mask of the Theater Union of Russia no fewer than 17 times, musicAeterna has garnered this prestigious award more often than any other opera orchestra in Russia.
Teodor Currentzis, who was born in 1972 in Athens, was accepted at the age of 12 to the National Conservatory of his native city. There he initially studied violin and, starting in 1987, also took composition lessons. In 1994 he moved to St. Petersburg and completed his studies in conducting with Ilya Musin, a legendary teacher whose conducting course was also taken by Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. His first leadership position brought Currentzis to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, which he led for six years as General Music Director. Since 2010 he has served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm. He has gained international fame with the orchestra he founded in 2004, Musica Aeterna, which specializes in historically informed performance practice. Currentzis has performed with this ensemble at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. As an opera conductor he has led Berg’s Wozzeck and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater; he has conducted Verdi's Macbeth at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth at Zurich Opera, and a Purcell evening as well as Wagner’s Tristan at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In the summer of 2015 he will make his debut in Aix-en-Provence with Stravinsky’s Persephone and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. In the concert hall Currentzis has worked with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and the Munich and Vienna Philharmonics. He has garnered Russia’s Golden Mask Award no fewer than three times, and his recording of Mozart’s Figaro won the ECHO Klassik in 2014. Currentzis has also performed as an actor: in 2009 he took on the title role in Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s film Dau which is based on the life of the Soviet Nobel Prize winner Lev Landau.
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This concert is under the auspices of the Friends of LUCERNE FESTIVAL