Patricia Kopatchinskaja und Igor Levit © ZvG | Robbie Lawrence
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja | Igor Levit et al.
Janáček | Illés | PatKop | Beethoven
Fri, 20.11. | 19.30 | No. 20501
St. Karl Kirche
Patricia Kopatchinskaja und Igor Levit © ZvG | Robbie Lawrence
Reading from Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and Sofia Tolstaya’s Whose Fault? (in German)
Franz Hohler will read from his text Die Kreutzersonate (in German)
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
Ensemble der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI © Paula Lobo
Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI
Since its founding in 2003, more than 1,200 instrumentalists, conductors, and composers from over 60 countries have passed through the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s training program. Among them are such renowned artists as the JACK and Mivos Quartets and the conductors Pablo Heras-Casado and Kevin John Edusei, as well as many musicians who are now members of internationally established orchestras, who perform in the field of chamber music and pursue experimental projects, or who teach at universities. A large number of them remain closely associated with the Festival as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI. These are selected former participants in the Academy who return regularly to Lucerne, enriching the program with performances in the realm of contemporary music, in the “40min” series, and in productions for “Young,” the Festival’s program for young listeners; they additionally provide advice and support to current Academy students. Supported by the Alumni platform, they also keep in contact with each other in order to jointly realize projects of their own around the world. This has created a unique international network of young musicians. As their first project, the Alumni presented four world premieres in the 2013-14 season exploring the theme “Music at Risk” in New York, London, Beijing, Zurich, and Lucerne. Among highlights of the past years have been the three-part concert series “Ligeti Forward,” which they performed as part of the NY Phil Biennial in 2016 under the baton of Alan Gilbert. In 2017 they toured Germany and Switzerland with the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer and his band Hildegard Lernt Fliegen (The Big Wig). They joined with the Ensemble intercontemporain in March 2018 to perform Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles in Paris, Brussels, and Luxembourg as well as at the Lucerne Easter Festival. In September 2019, they performed with Riccardo Chailly at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
First appearance at LUCERNE FESTIVAL was on 3 September 2014 in the project Music at Risk.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
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.
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
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 Hamamatsu Competition in Japan. Levit soon began performing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2018 and, in 2019, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In the 2020-21 season, Levit will be artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and will also be the featured artists at the Essen Philharmonie. He will make his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic under Herbert Blomstedt. Additional plans include concert engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and he will go on tour with the Hagen Quartet. Among Levit’s major current projects is the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Salzburg Festival, and Musikfest Berlin, as well as in Hamburg, Stockholm, and London. He has also released his recording of the complete set. His other recordings include accounts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Encounter, which contains works by Bach, Brahms, and Feldman, is his latest album and will appear in September 2020. Levit was named recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, and in 2020 he received the Beethoven Prize for his political engagement.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 as the soloist in Scriabin’s Prométhée with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.
Michael Engelhardt © Martin Wieldraaijer
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.