Cosmos Boulez 3 ─ CANCELLED

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | David Robertson | Juliet Fraser

Boulez | Saunders

Sun, 23.08. | 16.00 | No. 20702

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Cosmos Boulez 3 ─ CANCELLED

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | David Robertson | Juliet Fraser

    David Robertson  conductor
    Juliet Fraser  soprano
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016)
    Livre pour cordes
    Éclat/Multiples for orchestra
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    Nether for soprano and ensemble
    (Swiss premiere)

    It was difficult to find an approach to including singing in her composition, “because I don’t like to be tied down to making one statement in my music,” remarks Rebecca Saunders. But she couldn’t let go of Molly Bloom’s famous monologue from James Joyce’s great 20th-century novel, Ulysses, where Molly pours forth in seemingly chaotic stream-of-consciousness comprising fragments of memory and sensory impressions as she is just on the threshold of sleep. It inspired Saunders to create several works. In Nether from 2019, the soprano sings, whispers, and breathes; individual words flash by and disappear again in the flow of the music. Saunders explains that she was concerned to make sure that “what the text is made of can be heard and felt.” Nether is an extensive “extraction” from her great Joyce adaptation Yes. Such continuations likewise characterize the oeuvre of Pierre Boulez, as in the “work-in-progress” Éclat, which Boulez continued to expand on with Multiples but never completed. This is a musical meditation on reverberation and the ever changing timbral mixtures of piano, celesta, harp, mandolin, guitar, and percussion.


    In 2003, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger founded the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY: an educational institution for music of the 20th and 21st centuries that is internationally unique. Each summer, highly talented young musicians from all around the world come together here for the opportunity to study in depth and then to perform contemporary scores and classics of modern music. Almost 1,200 graduates have taken part in the Academy over the past fifteen years, many of whom have attended for several summers. The German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been in charge of artistic leadership since 2016, with Matthias Pintscher serving as Principal Conductor. They are supported by internationally acclaimed performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. The orchestral and ensemble concerts for 2018 focus on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including performances of such pieces as Inori and Gruppen; for the latter, the Academy Orchestra joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pintscher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Duncan Ward. They will give the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s new score Reading Malevich and will also present works by Kurtág, Bella, Zimmermann, Nono, and composer-in-residence Fritz Hauser. The Composer Seminar is being led for the third time this year, in which young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and other guests and rehearse them with selected LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. A Conducting Fellowship offers scholarship holders the opportunity to follow along in the Academy’s work. The Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is once again participating this summer in the “Special Event Day” and appears in the “40min” series as well.

    July 2018

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    David Robertson

    American conductor David Robertson, who was born in Santa Monica, California, in 1958, completed his musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with concentrations in horn, composition, and conducting. After his early years as Resident Conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, he led the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris from 1992 to 1999 and the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2000 to 2004. In 2005 Robertson was appointed Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony (SLS), whose repertoire he has expanded with contemporary works; the SLS and its conductor have received numerous American awards for their innovative programming. Robertson additionally serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which he also conducted in the Last Night of the Proms in 2009. Starting with the 2014-15 season, he will succeed Vladimir Ashkenazy as head of the Sydney Symphony. Robertson regularly appears with leading international orchestras: in recent seasons he has performed with the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and with the New York Philharmonic in the United States, while in Europe he has led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. David Robertson is also a high-profile opera conductor who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Bavarian Staats-oper. He is also deeply committed to the area of education and works with students at the Juilliard School, at the Paris Conservatoire, and in Tanglewood and Aspen. Robertson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and holds honorary doctorates from several universities; in 2011 he was named “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” in France.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 20 August 2000 leading the Ensemble intercontemporain in works by Kurtág and Boulez.

    August 2012

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