Symphony Concert 28

Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela | Gustavo Dudamel | soloists


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Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

12.08.-11.09. 2016




    Symphony Concert 28

    Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela | Gustavo Dudamel | soloists

    Gustavo Dudamel  conductor
    Cynthia Millar  Ondes Martenot
    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
    The 2016 Summer Festival closes with a paean to love: Olivier Messiaen’s mighty, large-scale Turangalîla Symphony. “Lîla means the play of life and death and also means love. Turanga signifies swiftly passing time that flows like the sand in an hourglass. Turanga is also movement, rhythm. Turangalîla therefore means a song of love, a hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death,” the composer said when explaining the title of his ten-movement work, which he took from Sanskrit, India’s ancient scholarly language. Both lush and unconventional in its conception, the Turangalîla Symphony, which alludes to the Tristan myth, presents an abundance of sonic colors and a refined scheme of (poly)rhythmic structures that is unique in the history of music. In Lucerne Gustavo Dudamel and his Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra will perform Messiaen’s spectacular score, whose finale climaxes in a state of ecstatic jubilation.

    Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela

    The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela is the flagship of the state-sponsored network of Venezuelan orchestras. Founded in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu, it was previously known as the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana and today comprises 170 members who have been trained in a national system devoted to music education at a young age. Renowned orchestral players from all over the world have worked with these musicians in master classes. And such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen have performed the symphonic repertoire with them. Since 1999 Gustavo Dudamel has served as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela. In recent years the Orchestra has performed with him at such festivals and venues as the BBC Proms in London, the Edinburgh Festival, Dresden Staatsoper, and the Salzburg Festival, as well as in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2014 the musicians went on tour for the first time to the Middle East to perform in Oman and Abu Dhabi; in 2015 they took part in performances of Puccini’s La bohème at the EXPO in Milan and gave several Beethoven programs as part of residencies in Los Angeles and Berkeley. In January 2016 they completed a major European tour with twelve concerts, and in May and August they were heard in Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals, respectively. The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela has released numerous CDs of works by Beethoven, Tchai-kovsky, Mahler, and Wagner. Their album Fiesta, featuring music by Latin American composers, became a top seller. The Orchestra has been named a UNESCO Artist for Peace. It is generously supported by the commitment of the Hilti Foundation as Tour Sponsor.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 March 2007, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting works by Gustav Mahler.

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    Gustavo Dudamel

    Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, received his musical education through the countrywide pedagogical network known as “El Sistema.” In 1999, the 18-year-old conductor was appointed Music Director of the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana – now known as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – which he continues to lead. Dudamel came to international attention when he won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg in 2004. He subsequently went on to make his debut with many acclaimed orchestras, including the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. From 2007 to 2012 Dudamel helmed the Gothenburg Symphony, and since the fall of 2009 he has served as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which in the meantime has extended his contract to 2022. In Los Angeles he has moreover intensively focused on his work with young people through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which is based on the El Sistema model and which also represents a kind of orchestral academy. In the 2016-17 season Dudamel will perform a cycle of all of Schubert’s symphonies in Los Angeles, which will be paired with the orchestral lieder of Gustav Mahler. He will also conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in their legendary New Year’s concert. Dudamel has also been successful in the field of opera: in the fall of 2015 he conducted Mozart’s Figaro at the Berlin Staatsoper; in April 2016 came his debut at Vienna Staatsoper with Puccini’s Turandot, and he subsequently led Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Gustavo Dudamel has received many awards, including the Premio de la Latinidad in 2007, the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in 2009, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 24 March 2007 with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Simón Bolívar, in a program of works by Gustav Mahler.

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    Cynthia Millar

    The British Cynthia Millar specializes in performing on the ondes Martenot, an electronic keyboard instrument invented in 1928 that can change its timbre through a filter and that is especially effective in playing glissandi. Millar studied piano with Philip Fowke and ondes Martenot with John Morton before completing her training on the latter instrument with Jeanne Loriod. Since then she has been concertizing around the globe playing works using the ondes Martenot, including Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher, Edgard Varèse’s Ecuatorial, Olivier Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies, and, of course, his Turangalîla Symphony, which she has performed well over 100 times since she first played it in 1986 at the BBC Proms; in 2012 she also recorded the Messiaen. In the 2015-16 season Messiaen’s large-scale symphony was once again the focus of her work, with the performances with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris and on a European tour with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Millar has appeared at such festivals as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Edinburgh Festival. She has concertized with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco and London Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Orchestre National de Lyon, collaborating with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Franz Welser-Möst. Millar, who herself is also an active composer, has recorded more than 100 film scores, including numerous works by Elmer Bernstein (whose Ondine at the Cinema she premiered in 2002 at Royal Albert Hall in London) and by Richard Rodney Bennett, Maurice Jarre, Henry Mancini, and Miklós Rózsa.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2008 performing Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony with Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who was born in 1961 and is a native of Lyon, began studying piano at the age of five and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In 1974 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, who had herself collaborated with Maurice Ravel. It was here that he laid the foundations for his acclaimed performances of French music. Thibaudet’s international career was launched when he won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 1981 and shortly after stepped in for Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli to perform a concert. Since then he has partnered with the leading orchestras in the Old and New Worlds alike. Thibaudet began 2016 with a residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He also performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the London Philharmonic, Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Ravel’s G major Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His credits in the summer season have included appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and with the Orchestre National de France at the Champs de Mars in Paris. On Thibaudet’s schedule this fall are a tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and performances of Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in Toulouse and Paris. Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s discography encompasses some 50 recordings of repertoire spanning from the Romantics to Duke Ellington and film music and has garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the Echo Klassik, the Gramophone Award, and the Edison Prize. In 2012 Jean-Yves Thibaudet was named an Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; he received the Victoire d’Honneur in 2007 for his lifetime achievement.

    LUERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1995 playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly.

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