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 orchestra musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk with the aim not only of performing Baroque and Classical works as they originally sounded but also of giving a fresh impetus to the field of contemporary music. Since the 2011-12 season the ensemble, which also includes a choir, has made its home at the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Perm, where it performs annually in several productions. Over the past years, musicAeterna has developed into a sought-after export: the ensemble has toured with Currentzis to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow, and St. Petersburg and, at the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, to their hall, the Philharmonie. In 2015 they performed Wagner’s Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale, and in 2016 they presented Purcell’s Indian Queen, in a semi-staged version directed by Peter Sellars, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Musikfest Bremen. In the summer of 2017 musicAeterna makes its debut at the Salzburg Festival, where they will perform in a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and will give two concerts. Numerous recordings have appeared in recent years, including of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos (with Alexander Melnikov), Mozart’s Requiem, the Rameau project The Sound of Light, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja) paired with Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and a highly touted recording of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera cycle: Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Così fan tutte (2014), and Don Giovanni (2016). For this cycle musicAeterna garnered two Echo Klassik Awards, and the ensemble has won the Russian National Theatre’s Golden Mask Award 17 times – more frequently than any other opera orchestra in Russia.

    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, was accepted at the age of 12 to the National Conservatory of his native city, where he initially studied violin and took up composition as well starting in 1987. In 1994 he moved to St. Petersburg and completed his studies in conducting with Ilya Musin, a legendary teacher who also taught Semyon Bychkov and Va-
    lery Gergiev. Currentzis’ first leadership position brought him to the Novosibirsk State Opera in 2004, where for six years he was 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, musicAeterna, which specializes in historically informed performance practice. Currentzis has toured with this ensemble to 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, as well as Verdiʼs Macbeth at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth at Zurich Opera, and Wagner’s Tristan at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Currentzis made his debut in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2015 with Stravinsky’s Persephone and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and the summer of 2017 brings his Salzburg Festival debut with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. During the current season he is working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony and is touring with music-Aeterna in six European countries. Currentzis has twice won the Echo Klassik Award: in 2014 for his recording of Mozart’s Figaro and in 2016 for Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. This past fall, the critics of the magazine Opernwelt named him Conductor of the Year. His most recent recording, of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, was released in November 2016.

    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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