Evgeny Kissin © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
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Evgeny Kissin © Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Symphony Concert 24
Orchestre National de France | Emmanuel Krivine | Evgeny Kissin
He was regarded as a Russian prodigy, performed piano concertos at the age of 10, and was 17 when he celebrated his breakthrough – as a soloist at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan. Evgeny Kissin’s star has been shining brightly in the firmament of the international piano scene for three decades now. But this musician, who was once so shy and who now lives in Prague as a British and Israeli citizen, has come out of his shell in recent years. He seems more open, more accessible, more willingly showing his colors. This has done no harm to his art: when Kissin plays Liszt, as in this concert, piano fans get their money’s worth. For this is a pianist who masters the whole spectrum, from ethereal, dreamy sounds to rich, hall-filling fortes. His musical partners in Lucerne are the Orchestre National de France and its principal conductor Emmanuel Krivine, who, after the break, play Ravel’s ideally matched orchestral version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – a work that proves what is possible through the power of music: during this imaginary tour of a museum, we even begin to see with our ears.
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Orchestre National de France © Christophe Abramowitz
Orchestre National de France
The Orchestre National de France (ONF), which is part of Radio France, was founded in 1934 to focus entirely on the symphonic repertoire and to make this accessible to the public across the country through radio broadcasts. Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht was the first Chief Conductor, whose tenure lasted from 1934 to 1944; over the last four decades, Lorin Maazel (1977–1991), Charles Dutoit (1991–2001), Kurt Masur (2003–2008), and Daniele Gatti (2008–2016) have served as its leaders. In September 2017, Emmanuel Krivine assumed the position of Music Director. The ONF gives around 70 concerts each year at the Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, its headquarters since November 2014. It also performs at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and regularly tours France and abroad. The musicians have premiered numerous new scores, including Boulez’s Le Soleil des eaux, Varèse’s Déserts, and most of Henri Dutilleux’s orchestral works. In the 2019-20 season, the ONF will continue its ongoing Berlioz cycle, present Spanish and Latin American music (with Juan Pons and Alondra de la Parra on the podium), and focus on Ludwig van Beethoven’s early works; Emmanuel Krivine will conduct the Ninth Symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner, and Dvořák. Among next season’s prominent soloists are Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Julia Fischer, Matthias Goerne, and Evgeny Kissin. The Orchestre National de France is active in the educational field with family and school concerts as well as through special projects for amateur musicians. The ONF’s performances are broadcast by France Musique and are available as videos on the Internet. An annual highlight is the Concert de Paris, which takes place on France’s national holiday at Champ-de-Mars and is broadcast live on television.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in the summer of 1967 with three concerts conducted by Maurice Le Roux, Igor Markevitch, and Sir Georg Solti.
Emmanuel Krivine Emmanuel Krivine © Fabrice Dell'Anese
Emmanuel Krivine, who comes from a Russian-Polish family, was born in Grenoble in 1947 and began his career as a violinist. He received his degree in violin from the Paris Conservatoire and the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels, later perfecting his playing through lessons with Henryk Szeryng and Yehudi Menuhin. Numerous competition successes paved his way, including first prize at the renowned Concours Reine Elisabeth in 1968. After meeting Karl Böhm in 1965, Krivine decided to turn to conducting. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1976 to 1983 and Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987 to 2000 and of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg from 2006 to 2014. Since 2017, he has helmed the Orchestre National de France – the first Frenchman to do so in more than forty years. In 2018, the Debussy anniversary year, he performed and recorded many of the composer’s works with this orchestra; in the 2018-19 season he presented a Brahms cycle. As a guest conductor, Krivine has worked with many leading orchestras in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and, in the United States, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, of which he has been Principal Guest Conductor since 2015. Krivine is moreover active in the educational field and in 2005 created La Chambre Philharmonique, an ensemble that performs on period instruments.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 4 April 1994, when he led the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in a program of Gershwin and Dvořák.
Evgenj Kissin © Sasha Gusov
The son of an engineer and a pianist, Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in 1971 and began playing piano pieces by ear at the age of two. He started his training at the Gnessin Music School in his hometown in 1977; Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who instructed him then, remained his only teacher. Kissin showed his extraordinary talent at an early age. He was only ten years old when he made his soloist debut in a symphony concert; he gave his first solo recital in the following year. Evgeny Kissin was invited in 1988 to audition for Herbert von Karajan, who immediately engaged him for the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert. He made his U.S. debut in 1990 with Chopin’s piano concertos, which he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Since then, Evgeny Kissin, who currently holds British and Israeli citizenship, has worked with the leading orchestras and conductors. In addition to these appearances and solo recitals, he also gives chamber concerts: as, for example, last season with violinist Itzhak Perlman. Since 2002 Kissin has additionally performed recitations of Yiddish poetry. His recordings have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’or, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Edison Prize, and his accounts of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 won a Grammy Award (2009). His most recent releases include an album of Beethoven sonatas and, in April 2019, a collection of piano quartets and quintets by Mozart, Fauré, Shostakovich, and Dvořák with the Emerson String Quartet. Evgeny Kissin holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music (2005), and has received the Shostakovich Prize (2003), the Karajan Prize (2005), and the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2007).
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1993 in the First Piano Concerto of Sergei Prokofiev, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
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