Symphony Concert 7

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher

Ligeti | Andre | Stravinsky

Sat, 20.08.11.00No. 16351

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016

 

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    Aug

    Saturday
    11.00

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 7

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher

    György Ligeti (1923–2006)
    San Francisco Polyphony
    Mark Andre (*1964)
    hij 1 for Orchestra
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    L'’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird). Fairy-tale ballet in two tableaux

    Take a trip into a magic garden of sounds! In hij 1 Mark Andre makes the orchestra snarl, creak, groan, and buzz, and it’s a genuine pleasure: For stretches the winds take off their mouthpieces, playing what sound like percussion instruments, while the string players use picks to make their strings vibrate. A century ago, Igor Stravinsky was also expanding and refining the sound of the orchestra for his classic ballet score The Firebird and using beguiling mixtures of color and lavish melody to evoke the world of Russian fairy-tale. To start his inaugural concert as Principal Conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, Matthias Pintscher has also selected a major orchestral work by György Ligeti, the tenth anniversary of whose death is being remembered this summer. In San Francisco Polyphony Ligeti continues to build on the shimmering clouds of sounds of his famous Atmosphères while developing starker dramatic contrasts and a “polyphony that is more transparent, more clearly defined.”

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

    Founded in 2003 by the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is an internationally unique training institution devoted to the music of the  20th and 21st centuries. Some 130 young, highly gifted musicians from all over the world have convened there every summer since then to extensively study contemporary scores and Modernist classics in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, which they subsequently perform. More than 1,000 graduates have attended the Academy over the past 14 years, many of whom have even participated for several summers. Since 2016 the German composer Wolfgang Rihm has served as Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher as Principal Conductor alongside him. They are supported by a team of internationally renowned performers of contemporary music who work as instrumental coaches. Under this new leadership, the Academy has expanded its offerings. In 2017 the Composer Seminar is taking place for a second time; here young composers discuss their works with Wolfgang Rihm and have a practical opportunity to rehearse them with ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. The Master Class in Conducting was expanded into a Conducting Fellowship that offers its students a chance to follow the work of the Academy over a three-week period. This summer the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY is performing three symphony concerts under Heinz Holliger and Matthias Pintscher; with Pintscher it will tour to Cologne and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in September. The Academy students are also appearing in several ensemble concerts, such as programs for the Special Event Day on the theme of “Identity,” with composer-in-residence Michel van der Aa and “artistes étoiles” Jay Campbell and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and as part of the 40min series.

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    Matthias Pintscher

    Matthias Pintscher has been closely associated with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY since 2016 as its Principal Conductor. Born in 1971 in Marl in North Rhine-Westphalia, he regards composing and conducting as complementary spheres of his artistic work. He studied composition with Giselher Klebe and Manfred Trojahn; Hans Werner Henze was also among his mentors, as was Peter Eötvös, who additionally taught him conducting. Pintscher quickly advanced to become one of the most successful composers of his generation: premieres of his music theater works Thomas Chatterton and L’Espace dernier were given by the Dresden Semperoper and the Opéra National de Paris, respectively, and his orchestral works have been premiered by the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a conductor, Pintscher commands a wide repertoire, with a special focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has conducted such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; he is artist-in-association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Pintscher began his tenure as Music Director of the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris, with which he undertook an Asian tour in the 2016-17 season. He was composer-in-residence and artist-in-focus at the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for its inaugural season. This position included a performance with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, as well as the world premiere of his latest work, Shirim, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. Pintscher teaches composition at the Juilliard School in New York.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2010 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of works by Fauré, Chausson, Wagner, and Ravel.

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    Broadcast date
    Radio SRF 2 Kultur | Broadcast on Sunday, 28 August at 9 pm.