Symphony Concert 21

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Riccardo Chailly

Mosolov | Maderna | Schoenberg | Rihm

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 21

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    Lucas Macías Navarro  oboe
    Alexander Mosolov (1900–1973)
    The Iron Foundry Op. 19
    Bruno Maderna (1920–1973)
    Grande Aulodia for flute and oboe solo with orchestra 
    Swiss premiere
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
    Five Orchestra Pieces, Op. 16
    version for large orchestra from 1909
    Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
    Dis-Kontur for large orchestra
    Swiss premiere

    This marks the first time that Riccardo Chailly is conducting the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, which brings together selected former participants of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. The theme of Chailly’s program might be “Departure.” In 1909 Arnold Schoenberg ventured to take the leap into free atonality with an extremely condensed, expressive music in his Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16. Alexander Mosolov, who was later sentenced to forced labor in the gulag under Stalin, represents the Soviet musical avant-garde of the 1920s: his famous The Iron Foundry transforms the orchestra into a gigantic, rhythmically pounding machine and the concert hall into a factory. In addition, there will be two belated Swiss premieres. With works such as Dis-Kontur, Wolfgang Rihm showed that it was still possible to initiate a revolution in the 1970s, when his direct, emotional musical language met with outraged rejection from the dogmatists of new music. Finally, Chailly’s compatriot Bruno Maderna will evoke the sound of the ancient Greek aulos with the free-flowing melody of his double concerto.

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Ever since it was founded in 2003, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY has provided training to more than 1,200 highly talented young instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from around the world. To date the alumni have included such renowned artists as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally accomplished orchestras,  who perform in chamber music and experimental projects, or who teach at conservatories. A large portion of them remain closely associated with the Festival. Selected former Academy students come back to Lucerne regularly as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. They enrich the programming through performances in the field of contemporary music, in the 40min series, or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG; they are moreover available to provide  help and advice to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other in order to execute their own projects around the world. The result is a uniquely international network of young musicians. For their first project together, in the 2013-14 season the Alumni gave four world premieres involving the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. During the past summer they participated in another “marathon of premieres” in Lucerne, and in June 2016 an ensemble of Alumni performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in a three-part concert series, “Ligeti Forward,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was conducted by Alan Gilbert. This year the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s projects include a tour with the Swiss jazz singer  Andreas Schaerer performing his project “The Big Wig.”

    May 2017

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly, who was born in 1953 in Milan, studied at the Conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and began his career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. Chailly was appointed Music Director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1980, and in 1988 he moved to the same position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which he helmed for sixteen years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has been Music Director of La Scala in Milan since January 2015 and, since 2016, of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Chailly regularly conducts such leading European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. In the United States, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor – in addition to his performances at La Scala – he has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Zurich Opera, the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Riccardo Chailly has received many prizes for his more than 150 CDs, including two Echo Klassik Awards (in 2012 and 2015); Gramophone magazine named his account of the Brahms symphonies Record of the Year in 2014. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight
    in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in France he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2011.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1988 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in a program of works by Wagner, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

    February 2019

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    Jacques Zoon

    Der niederländische Flötist Jacques Zoon studierte am Sweelinck-Konservatorium in Amsterdam bei Koos Verheul und Harrie Starreveld, später absolvierte er Meisterkurse am Banff Centre for the Arts bei Geoffrey Gilbert und András Adorján. Ausgezeichnet beim «Concours Jean-Pierre Rampal» in Paris und der «Scheveningen International Music Competition», wurde er 1988 zum Soloflötisten des Königlichen Concertgebouworchesters ernannt und spielte bis 1997 auch an der ersten Position des Chamber Orchestra of Europe; anschliessend gehörte er dem Boston Symphony Orchestra an – dort kürte ihn der Boston Globe 1998 zum «Musician of the Year». Seit 2001 ist Jacques Zoon freischaffend tätig und konzertiert weltweit als Solist. Ausserdem musiziert er als Soloflötist im LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Nach Lehraufträgen in Rotterdam, den USA und in Genf wurde er 2008 als Professor an die Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid berufen.

    August 2012

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    Concert Introduction | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Mark Sattler (in German)