Symphony Concert 2

musicAeterna | Teodor Currentzis | soloists

Haydn | Pergolesi

Fri, 17108

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

01.04.-09.04. 2017



    Nuria Rial  soprano
    Paula Murrihy  mezzo-soprano
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross
    Version for orchestra Hob. XX:1A
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736)
    Stabat Mater in F minor

    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi has gone down in music history as the “angelico maestro,” the “angelic master.” The fact that he died all-too-early, in 1736, at the age of just 26, only provoked further comparisons with Mozart and established his legend. Pergolesi’s last completed work, the poignant Stabat Mater, in particular points to the promise that was cut short. This is music that has no desire to overwhelm with craftsmanship but prefers to move the listener with a heartwarming simplicity – an ideal that foreshadows later generations. Teodor Currentzis will pair this early stroke of genius with a piece of Passion music by the mature Joseph Haydn, the Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, which will be performed in the original orchestral version from 1787. Haydn mirrors each of Christ’s last words of with a profound musical meditation, ultimately allowing God’s wrath to erupt at the end with the “terremoto,” the earthquake: just the ticket for the ecstatic conductor Currentzis.

    musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera

    The ensemble musicAeterna, which comprises an orchestra and a chorus, was founded in Novosibirsk in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis with the aim of covering a broad repertoire from the Baroque up into the present. Since 2011, the ensemble has made its home at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Perm (near the Urals), where it performs annually in a number of productions. Moreover, musicAeterna has developed into a genuine leading 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, at the latter’s home in the Philharmonie. Opera productions have taken them to the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Festspielhaus Baden-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 appear there in the 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. A number of new works have been premiered by music-Aeterna, such as 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 Theatre’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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    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 in the Kapellmeister program with 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. Since 2010, he has served as Music Director of the State Opera House in Perm. He has gained international prominence with the music-Aeterna Orchestra and Chorus, which he founded in 2004 and which are now also based in Perm. With these ensembles he has performed at 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-Pro-vence. In 2017, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, and he conducted all nine Beethoven symphonies there in 2018; he returns in 2019 for Mozart’s Idomeneo. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Currentzis has been Principal Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, with which he has worked in recent months on symphonies by Mahler and Tchaikovsky, performing these at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. He toured Japan with musicAeterna for the first time in February 2019. Teodor Currentzis has been awarded the Golden Mask, the Russian National Theatre prize, seven times; the critics of Opernwelt magazine voted him Conductor of the Year in 2016. His CDs have won numerous awards; his most recent recording, of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, was released in the autumn of 2018.

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

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    Nuria Rial

    The soprano Nuria Rial, who was born in Manresa in Catalonia, initially studied voice and piano at the Conservatory of Barcelona; after earning a double degree, she continued her training from 1998 to 2002 in Kurt Widmer’s concert class at the Basel Academy of Music. In 2003 she won the Helvetia Patria Jeunesse Foundation Prize in Lucerne. Baroque music is the focus of her repertoire, but Rial is also a successful Mozart performer and lieder singer. She has performed in concert with such ensembles as Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Concerto Köln, The English Concert, L’Arpeggiata, Il Pomo d’Oro, and Café Zimmermann and has worked with conductors like Laurence Cummings, Teodor Currentzis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul Goodwin, Thomas Hengelbrock, Gustav Leonhardt, and Trevor Pinnock. In addition to her concert activities, Nuria Rial also appears in selected opera engagements. She has performed in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Staatsoper Berlin and in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, both times under the direction of René Jacobs. At the Teatro Real in Madrid she participated in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, in the staging by Peter Sellars, and Iván Fischer engaged her as Pamina for a performance series of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with his Budapest Festival Orchestra. Nuria Rial has won the Echo Klassik Award four times: in 2009, when she was named Young Female Singer of the Year for her recording of Haydn arias; in 2009 and 2010 for the projects Teatro d’amore and Via crucis, which she recorded with Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata; and in 2012 for her Telemann album with the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Her CD Ave Maria won Holland’s Edison Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 August 2010, together with Philippe Jaroussky and L'Arpeggiata, under the direction of Christina Pluhar.

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    Paula Murrihy

    The Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry. She began her studies at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her first stage experiences were acquired as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Santa Fe Opera Studio, and the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera. Since 2009 Murrihy has belonged to the Oper Frankfurt ensemble, where she has performed Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Bizet’s Carmen. Other credits include Purcell’s Dido at Los Angeles Opera, Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and Stuttgart Staatsoper, Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House in London, and Ascanio in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera. In the fall of 2016, Paula Murrihy made her debut at Zurich Opera, where she performed Cherubino in Mozart’s Figaro under the direction of Giovanni Antonini; March 2017 brought her Metropolitan Opera debut as Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Teodor Currentzis invited her to perform in his production of Purcell’s Indian Queen, which was shown at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and in Cologne, Bremen, and Dortmund; she has also taken part in a performance series he conducted of Così fan tutte and has sung in Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Hindemith’s The Young Maid at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. As a lieder singer, Paula Murrihy has given recitals at the Aldeburgh and Wexford Festivals, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Oper Frankfurt. The latter, where she is part of the permanent ensemble, conferred on her the Anny Schlemm Award in 2011.

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