Symphony Concert 14

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Yefim Bronfman

Haydn | Liszt | Tchaikovsky

Fri, 31.08. | 19.30 | No. 18324

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 14

    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Yefim Bronfman

    Jubilee concert marking the 100th anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in F minor Hob. I:49 La passione
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in A major, S. 125
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

    Untrammeled passions will be set loose by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in this concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of his Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Haydn’s eccentric F minor Symphony, which not coincidentally carries the title La passione, represents pure Sturm und Drang in music: unruly, overheated, and arousing. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, the first of his “symphonies of destiny,” in which Fate breaks in again and again with relentless trumpet fanfares, is even more passionate. No surprise that this work deals with “the fateful power that prevents our pursuit of happiness.” And for Tchaikovsky, that meant what he called his “predilection”: his same-sex nature, which was legally persecuted in Imperial Russia. Franz Liszt’s great passion, meanwhile, was for the piano, which he described as “my ego, my language, my life. To it I consign all of my desires, my dreams, my joys and sorrows.” And the resulting music will be demonstrated by the American star pianist Yefim Bronfman, who will play Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto.

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 13 Dezember 2018, starting at 20:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Im Konzertsaal” (“In the Concert Hall”) program. 

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    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra can look back over a history of more than 100 years. Founded in 1918, it initially comprised musicians who made music together purely for their own pleasure; but starting in 1930, when Eduard Flipse took on leadership, it became professionalized and began its ascent to one of the leading orchestras of the Netherlands. After Flipse retired in 1962, he was succeeded by Franz-Paul Decker, Jean Fournet, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, James Conlon, and Jeffrey Tate as Chief Conductor. For a 13-year period, from 1995 to 2008, Valery Gergiev helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, establishing its international reputation. Among his innovations were founding the annual Gergiev Festival, which the maestro continues to direct. (This year’s edition, starting next week, explores the theme “Paris, mon amour.”) From 2008 to the summer of 2018, Yannick Nézet-Séguin served as Music Director in Rotterdam; upon his departure, he was named Honorary Conductor. Since the fall of 2018, the young Israeli maestro Lahav Shani has taken over the reins; the orchestra went on a tour of China with him in the early summer of 2019. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has been headquartered in the cultural center “De Doelen” since 1966, whose grand concert hall seats 2,200. Along with the symphony concerts that take place there, the orchestra also regularly performs opera at the Dutch National Opera and is resident orchestra of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Through its concerts, tours, and education programs, the orchestra annually reaches an audience of from 150,000 to 200,000 music lovers. A rich catalogue of recordings ranging from those documenting the era of its founding under Eduard Flipse to its most recent releases under Yannick Nézet-Séguin reflects the orchestra’s artistic achievements.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999, under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

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    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who was born in Montréal in 1975, studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. At the age of 19, he met Carlo Maria Giulini and followed him during rehearsals and concerts, thus gaining formative inspiration. Following initial positions as choral director, mainly at the Opéra de Montréal, he founded his own ensemble La Chapelle de Montréal in 1995. Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal in 2000. He served as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 2008 to 2018 and has helmed the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012; since 2018, he has additionally been Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he will lead Puccini’s Turandot, Massenet’s Werther, and  a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck in the 2019-20 season. Nézet-Séguin performs with the leading European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, which he conducted on a European tour in the spring of 2019; the Vienna Philharmonic; the Dresden Staatskapelle; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. In the United States, he has conducted the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nézet-Séguin made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; he has also appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Milan’s La Scala, and the Vienna Staatsoper. At the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, he conducted the seven last Mozart operas, all recorded by DG. Yannick Nézet-Séguin has earned several honorary doctorates, is Companion of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Ordre national du Québéc and Officier de l’Ordre de Montréal. In 2016 he was named Artist of the Year by Musical America.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 September 2011, when he led the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Messiaen, Debussy, Schubert, and Ravel.

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    Yefim Bronfman

    Yefim Bronfman was born in 1958 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). In 1973 he emigrated with his family to Israel, where he continued his piano studies with Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Soon thereafter, he moved to the United States and completed his training with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. His debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in 1978 launched an international career that has brought him together with the leading orchestras and conductors. In the 2017-18 season, for example, he went on a tour of the United States with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta; concertized with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons in Munich, London, and Vienna; and appeared with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The Vienna Philharmonic invited him to perform four concerts in April 2018 to jointly celebrate his 60th birthday; and at the end of the season he traveled with the London Symphony Orchestra throughout Thailand and China. From the outset of his career, Bronfman has also devoted himself intensively to chamber music, for example in partnering with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Yo-Yo Ma and later with Magdalena Kožená and Emmanuel Pahud. Bronfman, who appeared as LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile” in 2009, is moreover a committed performer of contemporary works and has given the world premieres of piano concertos by Esa-Pekka Salonen (2007) and Magnus Lindberg (2012) and of Jörg Widmann’s Trauermarsch for piano and orchestra (2014). Bronfman, who has been an American citizen since 1989 and who received the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, commands an extensive discography; his recording of the three Bartók concertos won a Grammy Award.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1999 in Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

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