Symphony Concert 2

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande | Jonathan Nott | Renaud Capuçon

Debussy | Sibelius | Strauss

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 2

    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande | Jonathan Nott | Renaud Capuçon

    Jonathan Nott  conductor

    Jubilee concert marking the 100th anniversary of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Jeux. Poème dansé
    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
    Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
    Suite from the ballet Schlagobers, Op. 70

    What child has not dreamed of finally being allowed to eat as many sweets as they want to? Richard Strauss set this dream to music in 1924 with his ballet score Schlagobers. In this work, he has a group of confirmation candidates celebrate in a Vienna cake shop, where Princess Pralinée, Prince Cocoa, Don Sugar, and the army of marzipan, gingerbread, and a giant bundt cake await them. Even if cheerful waltzes and polkas are danced, such overindulgence is not left unpunished – the whipped cream (the meaning of “Obers”) ensures in particular that the children will soon enter an altered state. Things become more erotic in Claude Debussy’s Jeux, a musical tennis match among three young people who look for a ball that has gone missing and, as the dusk sets in, seductively brush up against each other as if by chance… But the focus of this matinee with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is Jean Sibelius and his famous Violin Concerto, whose crystalline sounds are in the best hands with Renaud Capuçon.

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    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande was founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, who led the ensemble for nearly a half century, until 1967. Following him, Paul Kletzki (1967–70), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1970–80), Horst Stein (1980–85), Armin Jordan (1985–97), Fabio Luisi (1997–2002), and Pinchas Steinberg (2002–05) took on artistic leadership as principal conductors. Marek Janowski has occupied the position of artistic and music director since September 1, 2005. From the start, modern music has played a central role in the repertoire of the Orchestra, which has given the world premieres of works by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, and Benjamin Britten; this tradition has continued in recent years with pieces by Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Michael Jarrell, and William Blank. At present 112 permanent musicians fill the ranks of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; their activities include the concert series they play in Victoria Hall in Geneva and at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne and performances of music theater at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as well as the annual concerts of the UNO. The Orchestra has toured to the most prominent concert halls in Europe, America, and Asia; the 2009-10 season has included guest appearances in Montreux, Gstaad, Zurich, Bucharest, Prague, Milan, Turin, Zagreb, and Budapest. In addition, the ensemble has maintained a close relationship with LUCERNE FESTIVAL since the latter was founded in 1938 as an International Music Festival (IMF). The Orchestre’s concerts are regularly broadcast over the Suisse Romande’s radio and television network; since the Ansermet era, its recordings—which include legendary interpretations of French music—have received many awards.
    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on August 19, 1938 in a Beethoven program conducted by Fritz Busch.

    July 2010


    Jonathan Nott

    Jonathan Nott, who was born in 1962 in Solihull, near Birmingham, read musicology at Cambridge University and studied flute and voice at the Royal Northern College in Manchester and orchestral conducting in London. He launched his career as a conductor in 1989 at Frankfurt Opera, becoming First Kapellmeister at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in 1991, where he served as interim Principal Conductor for the 1995-96 season. In 1997 Nott began his tenure as General Music Director of the Luzerner Theater and as Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which he helmed until 2002. In January 2000 he took up his position as Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony. By the time his contract expires in the summer of 2016, he will have led the orchestra in 658 concerts – more than any other conductor in the history of the Bamberg Symphony. He has toured with the orchestra to the leading European music centers, including performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and the BBC Proms in London, as well as in Russia, Japan, China, South America, and the United States. Nott has also served since 2014 as Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and First Conductor of the German Youth Philharmonic; in the 2016-17 season he will assume leadership of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As a guest conductor he collaborates with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the BR Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Nott, who was featured as “artiste étoile” at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2007, is deeply committed to contemporary music. At the request of György Ligeti he recorded that composer’s complete orchestral works with the Berlin Philharmonic. He is President of the Selection Committee of The Mahler Competition, which was founded in 2004.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 24 August 1996 with the Requiem by Hans Werner Henze and the monodrama Kassandra by Michael Jarrell.

    August 2015

    Renaud Capuçon

    Der 1976 in Chambéry (Rhône-Alpes) geborene Geiger Renaud Capuçon studierte am Pariser Konservatorium bei Gérard Poulet und Veda Reynolds. Anschliessend ging er nach Berlin, um seine Fertigkeiten bei Thomas Brandis zu vervollkommnen, und auch von Isaac Stern erhielt er wertvolle Ratschläge. 1997 verpflichtete ihn Claudio Abbado als Konzertmeister in das Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, dem er drei Jahre lang angehörte. Parallel dazu entwickelte sich Capuçons Solistenkarriere, die ihn bald zu den bedeutenden Orchestern in Europa und Amerika führen sollte. So konnte er bereits 2002 unter Leitung von Bernard Haitink bei den Berliner Philharmonikern debutieren; sein Einstand beim Boston Symphony Orchestra folgte 2004 unter der Stabführung Christoph von Dohnányis. Eine weitere wichtige Station bildete eine Tournee mit dem Orchestre de Paris und Christoph Eschenbach in der Spielzeit 2004/05. In der laufenden Saison konzertiert Capuçon mit dem London Symphony unter Daniel Harding, mit dem Philadelphia Orchestra unter Semyon Bychkov und mit dem Chicago Symphony unter Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 2003 wirkte Capuçon im LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA mit; als passionierter Kammermusiker arbeitete er u. a. mit Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Katia und Marielle Labèque, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuri Bashmet, Truls Mørk und Paul Meyer zusammen. Bei vielen renommierten Festivals war er zu Gast, von Aix-en-Provence bis Salzburg, von Ludwigsburg bis Lockenhaus, von Edinburgh bis Tanglewood. Seine Platteneinspielungen, darunter auch Aufnahmen mit seinem Bruder, dem Cellisten Gautier Capuçon, wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet. 2005 ging er als «Solist des Jahres» aus den «Victoires de la Musique» hervor, 2006 erhielt er den «Prix Georges Enescu», 2007 den «Echo Klassik». Renaud Capuçon spielt die Guarneri del Gesù «Panette» aus dem Jahr 1737, die zuvor Isaac Stern gehört hatte.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 11. April 2000 mit Mozarts Sinfonia concertante KV 364; Stefan Anton Reck leitete das Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

    1. Dezember 2010