Symphony Concert 26

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra | Manfred Honeck | Anne-Sophie Mutter

Dvořák | Tchaikovsky

Wed, 06.09.19.30Nr. 17355

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    06.

    Sep

    Wednesday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 26

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra | Manfred Honeck | Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Manfred Honeck  conductor
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Suite from the opera Rusalka, Op. 114, arranged by Manfred Honeck 
    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique

    In recent years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has devoted herself intensively to the Violin Concerto by Antonín Dvořák, aiming to anchor it in the repertoire with equal weight alongside the Brahms Concerto. The work’s Slavic tone, with its interplay of melancholy and exuberant joie de vivre, has made it particularly attractive to her. And indeed: who could resist the thrilling dance-like rhythms and ear worms of this composer – whether in the Violin Concerto or in the suite from the opera Rusalka that Manfred Honeck has arranged? Even Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the famous Pathétique, enchants through its melody. But the latter also shatters with its conclusion, where the music fades away into a multiple pianissimo after a grim beat on the tam-tam that sounds like the striking of the last hour. The fact that Tchaikovsky himself died only nine days after the premiere – he is said by some to have let himself become infected by cholera, possibly with a suicidal intention – has added to the myth of this symphony. 

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1895, ranks among the most storied American orchestras. Its ascent into the top tier was achieved in the 1930s under the leadership of Otto Klemperer and Fritz Reiner, who helmed the PSO as Guest Conductor and Principal Conductor, respectively. During Reiner’s tenure (1938–48), the musicians also made their first foreign tour and became especially active on the recording front. For nearly a quarter century (from 1952 to 1976), William Steinberg led the Orchestra and enhanced its international reputation; not by chance was during his tenure (in 1964) that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra became the first American ensemble to perform at the festivals held in Lucerne. Music directors André Previn (1976–84), Lorin Maazel (1988–96), and Mariss Jansons (1997–2004) added to this great legacy, bringing their own respective emphases on innovation. Manfred Honeck has served as Music Director since the 2008-09 season; with him the orchestra has undertaken a major concert tour of Asia and five European tours. In the summer of 2017, the ensemble and Honeck will perform at the Rheingau Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival and in Grafenegg, London, and Bucharest. In addition to its classical concerts in Heinz Hall and regular appearances in such American music centers as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra each year offers a series of pops and family concerts and presents a summer season in parks throughout Allegheny County. Hundreds of recordings document the ensemble’s artistic legacy: its performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under Honeck won the International Classical Music Award in 2012.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1964 in works by Weber, Schubert, Piston, Hindemith, and Ravel under the direction of William Steinberg.

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    Manfred Honeck

    The Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, seit 2008 Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, began his professional career as a violist, playing for more than ten years with the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra and with the Vienna Philharmonic. He acquired his first conducting experiences as assistant of Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before he was appointed First Kapellmeister at Zurich Opera in 1991. Honeck worked with the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig from 1996 to 1999, was Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2006, and served as General Music Director of Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2007 to 2011; he was also associated with the Czech Philharmonic as First Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016. Throughout the course of his career, Honeck has conducted many leading ensembles: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the 2016-17 season he guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the New York and Israel Philharmonics. He has conducted Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival, Die Fledermaus at the Dresden Semperoper, and, for the opening of the new opera house in Copenhagen, Verdi’s Aida. Honeck’s interpretation of Mahler’s Fourth won the International Classical Music Award in 2012, and his recording of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, which he made with Anne-Sophie Mutter, won the 2014 Echo Klassik Award. Manfred Honeck holds several honorary doctorates and has been awarded the title of honorary professor by the Austrian Federal President.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1996 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in orchestral songs by Edvard Grieg and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was born in Rheinfelden, Germany, began her career at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the forerunner of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. She made her debut in 1976, at the age of 13, as part of the “Young Artists" series. One year later she performed with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. Ever since then she has concertized around the world in all the leading music centers, continually introducing new works alongside the classical canon. She has given the world premieres of a total of 25 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and, most recently, at the 2017 Tanglewood Festival, by John Williams. She has channeled her popularity into charity projects and support for the new generation of highly talented musicians. For this purpose she established the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008, and she appears with “Mutter’s Virtuosi,” an ensemble of her scholarship students, all over the world: highlights in past months have been a European tour with the Philharmonia Zürich, on which she played Bruch’s First Violin Concerto and Takemitsu’s Nostalghia, the Brahms Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti and with the Filarmonica della Scala under Riccardo Chailly, and an anniversary concert at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Among Anne-Sophie Mutter’s numerous distinctions are the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize. She has won four Grammy Awards. Mutter holds the Grand Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Great Austrian Order of Merit. She was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.

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