Symphony Concert 30 – CANCELLED

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists


Sun, 13.09. | 17.00 | No. 20360

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Symphony Concert 30 – CANCELLED

    Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique | Monteverdi Choir | Sir John Eliot Gardiner | soloists

    Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique  
    Lucy Crowe  soprano
    Elizabeth DeShong  mezzo-soprano
    Allan Clayton  tenor
    Morris Robinson  bass
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

    Finally, at the end of the Festival, we hear it: Beethoven’s famous melody of Joy, the source of the theme for our entire 2020 Summer Festival: “Joy, beautiful spark of divinity, / Daughter from Elysium, / we enter, drunk with fire, / Heavenly one, your sanctuary.” The catchy and hymn-like style that Beethoven used to set Friedrich Schiller’s verses immediately entices us to sing along, uniting everyone with the worldwide choir and thus embodying in itself the idea of a brotherhood of humanity. “What courage this man had!” Sir John Eliot Gardiner remarks about Beethoven’s Ninth. “He overcame all difficulties, his isolation, his black despair. Not even the fact that he was completely deaf, to the point that he would never hear his own music, could deter him. What’s more, Beethoven had the greatness to express through his sounds visions that could not be put into words. It’s simply overwhelming.” The circle now becomes complete: the spark of the gods that was ignited in the Opening Concert here bursts through to the finish line after four joyful Festival weeks.

    Monteverdi Choir

    The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Vespers composed by its namesake at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Originally the goal of the Choir was to explore the music of the Baroque in all of its facets, but its repertoire has long since spanned across eras, genres, and styles. The Monteverdi Choir has become a byword for passionate and highly cultivated choral singing through its performances all around the world. Its members in addition regularly undertake the solo parts in performances. The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000 must be regarded as the most spectacular project in the Monteverdi Choir’s history. This project honored the Leipzig cantor on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death with performances of all his extant cantatas in more than 60 European churches; the live recordings of these concerts, which were released on CD, garnered numerous prizes, including the Gramophone Award. The Monteverdi Choir regularly takes part in opera productions, as, for example, Weber’s Le Freyschütz (in the Berlioz version), Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House in London. In December 2015 the singers performed in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and in the fall of 2016 they sang in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The entire year of 2017 is devoted to their next Monteverdi project: to mark the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the Choir is undertaking a seven-month tour performing the three operas L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and L’incoronazione di Poppea, which will also be presented in Venice, Salzburg, Berlin, Paris, Chicago, and New York. The Monteverdi Choir’s patron is the Prince of Wales.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 in Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and C minor Mass.

    April 2017

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    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner was born in 1943 in County Dorset. He initially studied history and Arab studies before completing his musical training at Cambridge University, as well as with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He founded the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and, in 1968, the Monteverdi Orchestra, from which he later formed the English Baroque Soloists. In 1989 Gardiner launched the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, which similarly performs on original instruments but is predominantly dedicated to music of the 19th century. He has moreover collaborated with many leading orchestras. In the 2016-17 season, for example, he was a guest artist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra; in June 2016, following a ten-year hiatus, he returned to the Berlin Philharmonic. As an opera conductor, Gardiner has led many productions at the Châtelet in Paris and at Covent Garden in London; for the Monteverdi trilogy he is performing in nine countries in 2017, he is also appearing as a director. Since 2014 he has served as Chairman of the Board of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. In the 2014-15 season he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has recorded more than 250 CDs, which have received such distinctions as the Gramophone Award, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and the ECHO Klassik. His book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven (2013) won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and was published in German translation in the fall of 2016. In 1998 John Eliot Gardiner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2005 he received the Bach Medal of the City of Leipzig and the Sonning Music Prize. Gardiner is a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chévalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1994 with Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten and the Mass in C minor.

    April 2017

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    Lucy Crowe

    Soprano Lucy Crowe, who was born in County Staffordshire, England, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Two awards launched her career: in 2002 she won the Royal Overseas Gold Medal, and in 2005 she took second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Award. Prominent engagements with opera houses as well as in the concert hall soon followed. Some recent examples include performances in Mozart’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Haydn’s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons with John Eliot Gardiner in Paris and New York. She has received invitations from Robert King to perform in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, from Trevor Pinnock for Handel’s Messiah, from Paul McCreesh for Acis and Galatea, and from Roger Norrington for Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia. Crowe has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals and has performed at the Glyndebourne Festival in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen under William Christie; in 2010 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and, in 2011, at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. As an opera singer Crowe commands a repertoire that ranges from baroque music theater to 20th-century classics. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and at Chicago Lyric Opera as Iole in Handel’s Hercules. One of her signature roles is Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, which she has also performed at the Bavarian Staatsoper and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. During the current and upcoming seasons, Crowe will perform in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival and as Susanna in Mozart’s Figaro at Covent Garden and will also make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    One previous appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL: on 1 April 2007 in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, conducted by Robert King.

    August 2012

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