Symphony Concert 2

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande | Jonathan Nott | Renaud Capuçon

Debussy | Sibelius | Strauss

Sun, 19.08. | 11.00 | No. 18308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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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 is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2018. It was founded on 30 November 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, who helmed the ensemble for almost five decades, until 1967. His successors have included Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Ar-min Jordan, Fabio Luisi, and Marek Janowski as artistic directors. Jonathan Nott has held the reins as Chief Conductor since 2017. From the outset, modern music has played a central role in the orchestra’s repertoire: works by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, and Benjamin Britten received their world premieres here, and this tradition has continued in recent years with new scores by Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Michael Jarrell, Pascal Dusapin, and James MacMillan. Currently, 112 permanent musicians play in the ranks of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; their assignments include performing concert cycles at Victoria Hall in Geneva and the Palais de Beaulieu in Lau-sanne, the music theater presentations at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the annual concerts of the United Nations. The ensemble has toured to the most significant concert halls of Europe, America, and Asia. In May 2018 the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande visited South America and concertized in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo; it made its debut at the BBC Proms in London in August to mark its centenary, and an Asian tour is planned for April 2019. The orchestra’s concerts are regularly broadcast by Radio Télévision Suisse Romande. Since the Ansermet era, many legendary recordings have been made, especially of French and Russian music, which have received numerous awards. A large box set of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande’s historical recordings will appear on Decca in 2019.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 August 1938 with an all-Beethoven program conducted by
    Fritz Busch.

    Jul 2018

    Jonathan Nott

    Jonathan Nott, who was born in 1962 in Solihull near Birmingham, studied music at Cambridge University, flute and voice at the Royal Northern College in Manchester, and orchestral conducting in London. He launched his conducting career in 1989 at Frankfurt Opera before taking up the post of First Kapellmeister in 1991 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he was interim Chief Conductor for the 1995-96 season. In 1997 Nott began his tenure as General Music Director of the Luzerner Theater and Music Director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which lasted until 2002. For 16 years, from 2000 to 2016, he served as Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, which he led in 656 concerts and took on tour to performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, and the BBC Proms in London, as well as to Russia, Japan, China, South America, and the United States. Nott has been Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and First Conductor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie since 2014; he has additionally helmed the storied Orchestre de la Suisse Romande since 2017. Nott has conducted the Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Staatskapelle Dresden; and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is intensively committed to contemporary music and has recorded the complete orchestral works of György Ligeti with the Berlin Philharmonic at the request of the composer himself. He is the chairman of the selection committee for the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, which was founded in 2004. Jonathan Nott, who was “artiste étoile” at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2007 and conducted Wagner’s Ring cycle here in 2013, holds the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Golden Ring of Honor of the City of Bamberg (both 2011).

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

    July 2018

    Renaud Capuçon

    Born in 1976 in Chambéry (Rhône-Alpes), the violinist Renaud Capuçon studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Gérard Poulet and Veda Rey-nolds. He subsequently went to Berlin to continue his training with Thomas Brandis and also received valuable advice from Isaac Stern. In 1997 Claudio Abbado engaged him as concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, to which he belonged for three years. At the same time, Ca-puçon developed his solo career, which soon took him to the leading orchestras in Europe and America. Since then he has collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnányi, the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. In the 2017-18 season, he concertized with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Together with Kit Armstrong, he also performed the complete Mozart violin sonatas at the Boulez Saal in Berlin. Chamber music in fact plays an important role for Capuçon, and he has partnered with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Franck Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Denis Kozhukhin, Daniil Trifonov, and of course his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon. He is Artistic Director of the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, and Lausanne Soloists. Capuçon’s recordings have won numerous awards; his most recent release, which appeared in the spring of 2018, is an account of the two Bartók concertos. Renaud Capuçon was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2011 and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2016. He plays a Guarneri del Gesù, the “Panette,” which was built in 1737 and which previously belonged to Isaac Stern.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 April 2000 playing Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante K. 364, with Stefan Anton Reck conducting the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.

    July 2018