Symphony Concert 21

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Riccardo Chailly

Mosolov | Maderna | Schoenberg | Rihm

Sun, 08.09. | 18.30 | No. 19346

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 21

    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI | Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly  conductor
    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.

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    Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

    Since it was founded in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from over 60 countries have taken part in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates have included such renowned artists as the JACK and the Mivos Quartets and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today have careers as members of internationally renowned orchestras, perform in the field of chamber music and experimental projects, or teach at universities. Most of them remain closely associated with the Festival. As LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, selected former Academy students regularly return to Lucerne, enriching the programming through performances in the area of contemporary music, participation in the 40min series, or collaborations in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, as well as by providing advice and support to current Academy students. Aided by the Alumni platform, they also stay in contact with each other in order to collaboratively realize their own projects worldwide. This has created a unique international network of young musicians. The first project presented by the Alumni was in the 2013-14 season under the motto “Music at Risk” and involved four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. One of the highlights of recent years has been the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward,” with which the Alumni made a guest appearance at the NY Phil Biennial in 2016 under the direction of Alan Gilbert. In 2017 they toured Germany and Switzerland with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer, his band Hildegard Lernt Fliegen, and the project titled “The Big Wig.” And in March 2018 they joined with the Ensemble intercontemporain to perform Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles in Paris, Brussels, and Luxembourg, as well as at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.

    First appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL on 3 September 2014 in the “Music at Risk” project.

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    Riccardo Chailly

    Riccardo Chailly has been Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2016. Born in Milan in 1953, he studied at the conservatories of Perugia, Rome, and Milan, as well as at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and began his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. In 1980, Chailly was appointed Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and, in 1988, he took on the same position with the Royal Concertgebouworkest, which he led for 16 years. From 2005 to the summer of 2016, Riccardo Chailly served as Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig, and he has held the position of Music Director at La Scala in Milan since January 2015. 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 appearances at La Scala — he has performed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Zurich Opera, and the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies, as well as in Chicago and San Francisco. Chailly has received such distinctions for his more than 150 recordings as the Echo Klassik and the Gramophone Award. His most recent releases include performances of Strauss tone poems with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2019) and the album Cherubini Discoveries with the Filarmonica della Scala (2020). In 2015, he published a book of conversations about music titled Il segreto è nelle pause. Riccardo Chailly is a Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, and a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 1996, the Royal Academy of Music in London appointed him an honorary member, and since 2011 he has been an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

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

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    Jacques Zoon

    The flutist Jacques Zoon, who was born in 1961 in Heiloo in the Netherlands, studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Koos Verheul and Harrie Starreveld; he also attended master classes with Geoffrey Gilbert and András Adorján at the Banff Centre for the Arts. A winner at the Concours Jean-Pierre Rampal in Paris and the Scheveningen International Music Competition, he was appointed principal flutist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 1988, where he belonged for nine years. During this time, he also played principal flute with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 1997 Zoon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was named Musician of the Year by the Boston Globe in 1998. Zoon has been a freelance artist since 2001 and performs as a soloist worldwide. He worked closely with Claudio Abbado, both at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, where he has been principal flutist since its founding in 2003, and at the Orchestra Mozart, with which he recorded Mozart’s K. 314 Flute Concerto. Zoon also regularly performs with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, with whom he recorded concertos and symphonies by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in 2015. He has taught at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève since 2002 and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid since 2008. Jacques Zoon has also made contributions to the technical development of his instrument and produces new wooden flute models featuring an improved key design for the C-sharp, which he distributes through the Zoon&Maia Flute Company, an enterprise he cofounded with his colleague Rui Bor-ges Maia.

    Jacques Zoon, who began performing regularly at LUCERNE FESTIVAL since the end of the 1980s as a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, has appeared here every year since 2003 as principal flutist with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

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    Lucas Macías Navarro

    The oboist Lucas Macías Navarro, who was born in 1978, comes from the village of Valverde del Camino in Spain. He received his first lessons on his instrument at the age of nine and in 1995 was admitted to the Zurich Conservatory, where Thomas Indermühle was his teacher; he went on to graduate from Heinz Holliger’s oboe class at the Music Academy in Freiburg/Breisgau. In the 2004-05 season, he acquired practical experience at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and worked with Maurice Bourgue in Geneva. The winner of the Giuseppe Tomassini International Competition in Petritoli and the Tokyo International Oboe Competition, Macías Navarro played principal oboe with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, and Seiji Ozawa during the course of his studies. He was a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne from 2005 to 2007 and principal oboist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam from 2007 to 2015. Abbado appointed him to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA in 2008, and he was also a founding member of the Orchestra Mozart. Macías Navarro, who has taught oboe at the Freiburg Academy of Music since 2012, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Christoph Poppen, Till Fellner, Jacques Zoon, and Nicolas Chumachenco. Since 2014, he has also been active as a conductor: from 2016 to 2018 he gained important experience in this profession as an assistant to Daniel Harding at the Orchestre de Paris. Macías Navarro has since conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne and Geneva Chamber Orchestras, Het Gelders Orkest, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. He took on his first leadership position in January 2019 as Music Director of the Oviedo Filarmonía.

    Lucas Macías Navarro has performed every year here since 2008 as principal oboist of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

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