Symphony Concert 24

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Reinhardt | London Symphony Orchestra | Rattle

Messiaen | Nono

Sun, 09.09. | 19.30 | No. 18348

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 24

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Reinhardt | London Symphony Orchestra | Rattle

    Ruth Reinhardt  conductor


    Sir Simon Rattle  conductor


    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
    Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum for winds and percussion
    Luigi Nono (1924–1990)
    No hay caminos, hay que caminar … Andrei Tarkovsky for seven orchestra groups

    For Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen, the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will join the London Symphony Orchestra to form a “super-ensemble.” In this concert, they will perform back-to-back. In his haunting homage to the Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky, his very last orchestral work, Luigi Nono distributes the musicians into seven groups spread across the entire Concert Hall, has the sounds go back and forth, and even gives space to silence. Olivier Messiaen, meanwhile, addresses the audience with the cumulative momentum of 34 wind players and a rich range of percussion. His Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum sounds powerful, blocky, indeed monumental, the entire work lacking the soft coloration of strings and ideally performed in cathedrals or in the open air in nature, according to the composer. Commemorating those who had fallen in both world wars, Messiaen created not gloomy funeral music but a powerfully resounding credo: “And I await the resurrection of the dead.”

    With the friendly support of the B. Braun Medical AG

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    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.

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    Ruth Reinhardt

    Ruth Reinhardt, who was born in 1988 in Saarbrücken, studied violin with Rudolf Koelman and orchestral conducting with Constantin Trinks, Johannes Schlaefli, and Ulrich Windfuhr at the Zurich University of the Arts before transferring to the Juilliard School in New York to study with Alan Gilbert; she received her master’s degree in conducting there. Master classes have led her to Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and Paavo Järvi. Reinhardt also gained important experience at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015). She was a Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (2015-16) and an Associate Fellow in Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Program (2015-17). Reinhardt began her career as assistant conductor to Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018 and conducted various concerts there, including the ReMix series of contemporary music. In the 2017-18 season Ruth Reinhardt was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the summer of 2018 she was Assistant Conductor of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, where she took over to conduct Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … on short notice. In the 2018-19 season, she made her debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Grosses Orchester Graz and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; she will appear in the 2019-20 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Houston, and Los Angeles as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Opera productions she has conducted include Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at Leipzig University of the Arts.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 9 September 2018, when she conducted the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY in Nono’s No hay caminos, hay que caminar … .

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    London Symphony Orchestra

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1904 as England’s first self-governing orchestra and soon earned an outstanding international reputation. During the past several decades, André Previn (1968-79), Claudio Abbado (1979-88), Michael Tilson Thomas (1988-95), Sir Colin Davis (1995-2007), and Valery Gergiev (2007-15) have helmed the orchestra. Sir Simon Rattle has served as Music Director since 2017; in 2024, Sir Antonio Pappano will take on the post. Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth are Principal Guest Conductors, and Michael Tilson Thomas serves as Conductor Laureate. The London Symphony Orchestra presents more than 70 concerts annually at the Barbican Centre, its permanent home since 1982. Residencies take it to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence were on the program in the summer of 2021, and to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara; it also makes regular guest appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Philharmonie in Paris, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The orchestra places special emphasis on innovative and broad-based programming for audiences of all ages and educational levels. Each season, it reaches 60,000 listeners through these projects, which take place at St. Luke’s under the title “LSO Discovery.” Activities include family concerts, school projects, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and “Discovery Days.” The orchestra has its own label, “LSO live,” which has released more than 100 recordings.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3. September 1982, with Claudio Abbado conducting Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

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    Sir Simon Rattle

    Born in Liverpool in 1955, Simon Rattle studied piano, percussion, and orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1980, he began his close collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which he led as Music Director from 1990 to 1998, shaping it into a top international ensemble. He joined the Berlin Philharmonic as Principal Conductor in 2002, gradually expanding its repertoire over his 16-year tenure, until 2018, by integrating new music and staged performances, as well as Baroque works and music-historical rarities. Many of these concerts have been recorded and won awards. His Berlin education program has also earned several distinctions, including the Comenius Award and the Schiller Prize of the City of Mannheim. Since 2017, Rattle has been Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra; in 2023, he will take over as Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also closely associated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, where he is Principal Artist, and makes guest appearances with the leading orchestras of Europe and the USA. Rattle made his debut as an opera conductor in 1977 at the Glyndebourne Festival. Further appearances have taken him to the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the National Opera in Amsterdam, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence this summer, he conducted Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. He also regularly collaborates with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he will launch a new production of Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair in the 2021-22 season. In 1994, Simon Rattle was raised to the peerage as Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II; he is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2013 and, in 2018, the Freedom of the City of London.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducting works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn.

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