Patricia Kopatchinskaja | Igor Levit et al.

Janáček | Illés | PatKop | Beethoven

Fri, 20.11. | 19.30 | No. 20501

St. Karl Kirche

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Beethoven Farewell

20.11.-22.11. 2020





    Patricia Kopatchinskaja | Igor Levit et al.

    Igor Levit  piano
    Franz Hohler  recitation
    Leoš Janáček (1854–1928)
    String Quartet No. 1 after Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata, arranged for ensemble by Richard Tognetti

    Reading from Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Sofia Tolstaya’s Whose Fault? (in German)

    Márton Illés (*1975)
    Én-kör III (I-Circle) for violin and cello
    PatKop (*1977)
    Die Wut (“The Rage”) for violin and ensemble

    Franz Hohler will read from his text Die Kreutzersonate (in German)

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 Kreutzer Sonata

    The Kreutzer Sonata is Beethovenʼs most famous violin sonata: a work that calls for the highest virtuosity, “scritta in uno stilo molto concertante, quasi come d’un concerto,” as the composer noted on the title page. But this is also a work about emotional extremes: Beethoven’s music is explosive, not bothering to show any consideration for manners. No wonder that this sonata has had a remarkable afterlife in the arts. The Russian author Leo Tolstoy took it up in his novella of the same name. It tells of the rabidly jealous Pozdnyshev, who murders his wife because she has played this “dreadful piece” all too ecstatically with a violinist – as a kind of musical love-making. Tolstoyʼs story, in turn, inspired the Czech composer Leoš Janáček to write a string quartet. At the opening of our special Fall Weekend, all three works will be juxtaposed together. And there’s more: Kopatchinskaja provides new musical commentary with her own score and a composition by the Hungarian Márton Illés. Tolstoy’s wife Sofia also has her say with her novel Whose Fault?, which she wrote as a response to her husband’s novella.

    With friendly support from Berthold Herrmann and Mariann Grawe-Gerber


    «Happy Hour» with Patricia Kopatchinskaja 


    Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from all over the world have undergone the training offered by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY. Its graduates include such artists who have since gone on to achieve renown as the JACK Quartet and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who today are members of internationally established orchestras, perform in the area of chamber music, organize experimental projects, or teach at conservatories. Many of them remain closely connected to the Festival. Selected former Academy students regularly return as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI to Lucerne. They enrich the programming with performances in the field of contemporary music, whether in the 40min series or in productions by LUCERNE FESTIVAL YOUNG, while additionally being on hand to offer help and advice for current Academy students. Supported through the Alumni platform, they keep in contact with each other to realize their own projects around the world. A unique international network of young musicians has thus emerged. For their first project, in the 2013-14 season, the Alumni presented four world premieres in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne related to the theme “Music at Risk.” Another “marathon of premieres” followed in 2016; in addition, an ensemble of Alumni appeared in the NY Phil Biennial led by Alan Gilbert to give the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward.” In the past year, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI performed on tour with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer in his project “The Big Wig.” Most recently, they gave two concerts in January 2018 in New York City, combining music by Frank Zappa with works of Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varèse, Olga Neuwirth, Tyshawn Sorey, and John Zorn.

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI’s first performance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL was on 3 September 2014 with the “Music at Risk” project, presenting works by Dai Fujikura, Judd Greenstein, Jagoda Szmytka, and Ying Wang.

    February 2018

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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja was born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova into a musical family – her mother is also a violinist and her father plays cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music Academy at the age of 13; she transferred four years later to the Academy of the Arts in Bern, completing her education there with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000) and won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2002. Today Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and attracts attention through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and contemporary fare, she is also an animated chamber musician and designs staged concerts. As LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile” in 2017, she was able to showcase this wide spectrum. In the 2018-19 season, Kopatchinskaja appeared under Kirill Petrenko with the Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra as well as the Berlin Philharmonic. She made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra with Peter Eötvös’s violin concerto Seven, played the Tchaikovsky Concerto on a tour with Teodor Currentzis to Japan, and concertized with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. She also joined with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic to sing and play as the narrator in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Among the awards that Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have garnered are the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her album Death and the Maiden, which includes works from Dowland to Kurtág, won a Grammy Award in 2018. Her most recent release, with the pianist Polina Leschenko, is of sonatas by Bartók and Poulenc.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.

    July 2019

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    Igor Levit

    The pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three. His family moved to Germany in 1995, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before transferring to Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He won four prizes at the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 2005 and was also a victor at the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan. Levit soon began performing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest. He made his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in 2018 and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2019. During the 2019-20 season, Levit is the Featured Artist at the Barbican Centre in London, where he will also appear with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons; with the latter he will additionally tour Spain. Levit has just undertaken a European tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck. He will also perform Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Antonio Pappano. Among his major projects is the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2019-20; the complete set was released in September. Igor Levit has also recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. He received Gramophone’s awards for Recording of the Year and Best Instrumental Recording in 2016. Levit was named the recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski performing Scriabin’s Prométhée; most recent appearance on 23 November 2016 playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

    October 2019

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    Franz Hohler

    Michael Engelhardt

    Der Schauspieler und Rezitator Michael Engelhardt wurde 1960 in Bonn geboren. Von 1978 bis 1981 besuchte er die Westfälische Schauspielschule Bochum und war anschliessend als Ensemblemitglied und Gast an verschiedenen Bühnen tätig, darunter das Berliner Kinder- und Jugendtheater Rote Grütze, die Hamburger Kulturfabrik Kampnagel, der Theaterhof Priessenthal, das Schauspiel Bonn, das kleine theater Bad Godesberg, das neue theater Halle und das Ro Theater Rotterdam. Gemeinsam mit dem Pianisten Christoph Tycho Knigge trat er zwanzig Jahre lang als Rezitator deutschsprachiger Gedichte und Melodramen auf. In den Niederlanden unterrichtete er von 2013 bis 2017 Deutsch als Fremdsprache und entwickelte auch selbst Unterrichtseinheiten. Seit seiner ersten öffentlichen Hölderlin-Rezitation im Jahr 1980 hat sich Michael Engelhardt intensiv mit dem Dichter beschäftigt, Hölderlin-Programme etwa am Theaterhaus Stuttgart, an der Fürst von Arenberg-Bühne in Mayschoss und auf der Jahrestagung der Hölderlin-Gesellschaft präsentiert und in den vergangenen drei Jahren seine zahlreichen Projekte zu Hölderlins 250. Geburtstag vorbereitet. So war er, gemeinsam mit Boris Previšić, an der Realisation des «Metrik-Labors» im neugestalteten Museum im Tübinger Hölderlinturm beteiligt und wirkt in Luzern an mehreren «komponierten Begegnungen» mit, in denen die Dichtung Hölderlins mit Werken Ludwig van Beethovens, des anderen grossen Jubilars dieses Jahres, in einen Dialog tritt. Mit Luzerner Schülerinnen und Schülern erarbeitet Michael Engelhardt zudem eine chorische Aufführung ausgewählter Lieder, Hymnen und Gesänge, und im stattkino präsentiert er die Hölderlin-Performance Sprache! Grosses Kino.

    Februar 2020

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