Symphony Concert 17

Orchestre de l'’Opéra national de Paris | Philippe Jordan | Bertrand Chamayou

Debussy | Saint-Saëns | Berlioz

Tue, 17338

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Symphony Concert 17

    Orchestre de l'’Opéra national de Paris | Philippe Jordan | Bertrand Chamayou

    Philippe Jordan  conductor
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 Egyptian
    Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
    Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    In the 19th century, musical life in Paris was dominated by opera and ballet. Spectacular scenes, splendid decorations, acclaimed tenors, and admired prima donnas inspired the public, which was always eager for new sensations. But French composers who wanted to write for the concert hall had a hard time. ”Write symphonies like Beethoven and I will play them!” demanded the conductor Jules Pasdeloup – thus going against his own French identity. Few were the artists who could resist: artists like the eccentric Hector Berlioz with his trail-blazing Symphonie fantastique or Camille Saint-Saëns, who devoted himself exclusively to the “Ars gallica” by founding the Société Nationale de Musique, or even the young Claude Debussy, who ushered in a new era with his ingenious Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. The Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, together with its Swiss music director Philippe Jordan, will explore the French DNA in music of Romanticism and early Modernism.

    Orchestre de l'’Opéra national de Paris

    The origins of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris go back to the era of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who founded the Académie Royale de Musique in 1699 and entrusted it with opera performances at his court.  In the 18th century, the ensemble developed into an orchestra of symphonic dimensions and was responsible for such events as the first performance of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. Other significant world premieres were of Donizetti’s La Favorite (1840), Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes (1855), and the French version of his Don Carlos (1867). In the 19th century, the permanent group split into two different opera orchestra that were housed at the Opéra Comique and the Opéra Paris, but in 1972 they were again combined into one large ensemble. Nowadays the Orchestra consists of 174 musicians and plays both at the Opéra Bastille and at the Opéra Garnier. The repertoire of the Paris Opera Orchestra ranges from the Baroque to the present; in 1987 they performed with historical instruments for the first time in a production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire. A milestone of their more recent history was the world premiere of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise, which was presented under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. In the concert field, the Orchestra has worked over the past decades with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Georges Prêtre, and Esa-Pekka Salonen; the focus of their concert repertoire has been the works of Ravel, Debussy, and Strauss. Since 2009 Philippe Jordan has been Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris; he has also recorded numerous CDs with the Orchestra, including of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, which won the Annual Prize of the 2016 Victoires de la musique classique in 2016.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 29 August 2014 in a program of works by Ravel, Strauss, and Mussorgsky, which was conducted by Philippe Jordan.

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    Philippe Jordan

    Philippe Jordan has been Music Director of the Opéra national de Paris since 2009 and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony since 2014. Born in 1974 in Zurich as the son of the conductor Armin Jordan, he graduated with degrees in piano, theory, and composition from the conservatory of his native city. His first conducting experiences were as an assistant to Jeffrey Tate at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and as Kapellmeister at the Ulm Stadttheater. In 1998 Jordan was appointed as an assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Staatsoper; later, from 2006 to 2010, he returned to the company in the role of Principal Guest Conductor. In 2001 Jordan took on his first leadership position at Graz Opera, where he continued his association for three years. During this period he made his debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera House in London. Jordan has been conducting at the Bavarian Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival since 2004, and, since 2005, at the Vienna Staatsoper. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival with Parsifal in 2012, and in 2017 he conducted Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg there as well. In the concert hall Jordan has worked with such orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. For the 2017-18 season, his plans include new productions of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Verdi’s Don Carlos in the French version, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, and Wagner’s Parsifal at the Opéra national de Paris; he will also undertake a tour of Japan and Korea with the Vienna Symphony. His recordings have garnered such awards as the Choc de l’année and the Annual Prize for the Best Recording by a French Ensemble at the Victoire de la musique.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2007 conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Dvorák, Mahler, and Beethoven.

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    Bertrand Chamayou

    The French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who was born in 1981, initially studied at the Conservatory of Toulouse, his native city, before he was accepted at the age of 15 into the piano class of Jean-François Heisser at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He then completed his training with Maria Curcio in London; in addition, he has been significantly influenced by Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Murray Perahia. Chamayou won several competitions early on, including the Concours International Marguerite Long. He has concertized as a soloist with such ensembles as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, the London and Rotterdam Philharmonics, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Among the conductors who have been his musical partners are Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Louis Langrée, Andris Nelsons, Michel Plasson, and Leonard Slatkin. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Sol Gabetta, Antoine Tamestit, and the Quatuor Ebène. Chamayou has been a guest artist at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Edinburgh Festival, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Rheingau Music Festival, and the Ruhr Piano Festival. He has given recitals at such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Herkulessaal in Munich. Bertrand Chamayou is the only artist in the history of the Victoires de la musique to have won four times. His recording of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel won the Echo Klassik Award in 2016. He was named a Chevalier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres in 2015.

    One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance: on 24 November 2011 in a Debut recital including works by César Franck and Franz Liszt.

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    Other dates

    18:30 | Introduction to the Concert with Susanne Stähr | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    (in German)