Symphony Concert 14

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra | Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Yefim Bronfman

Haydn | Liszt | Tchaikovsky

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KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

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.

    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1918, will soon look back over a full century of accomplishment. Initially it comprised musicians who concertized for the sheer pleasure of it, but starting in 1930, when Eduard Flipse took over directorship, it became professionalized and ascended to one of the leading orchestras of the Netherlands. Following Flipse’s retirement in 1962, Franz Paul Decker, Jean Fournet, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, James Conlon, and Jeffrey Tate served as music directors. For a period of 13 years, from 1995 to 2008, Valery Gergiev helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it to international fame; among his innovations was the annual Gergiev Festival, which the maestro continues to lead to this day, now in his capacity as Honorary Conductor. Since 2008 Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been active as Music Director in Rotterdam, with support from Jiří Bělohlávek as Principal Guest Conductor since 2013. The Rotterdam Philharmonic’s headquarters are located in De Doelen, a cultural center whose large concert hall can hold up to 2,200 audience members. Along with the symphony concerts that take place there, the Orchestra regularly gives opera performances at the Dutch National Opera. Since 2010 the Rotterdam Philharmonic has additionally enjoyed a close relationship with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as “orchestra-in-residence.” Through its concerts, tours, and educational programs, the Philharmonic annually reaches an audience from 150,000 to 200,000 music lovers. Their discography comprises a rich catalogue ranging from documents of the early years under Eduard Flipse up to recent releases with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, providing an overview of the Rotterdam Philharmonic’s artistic activities.

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

    August 2016

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    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who was born in 1975 in Montreal, studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. At the age of 19 he got to know Carlo Maria Giulini, who allowed him to attend rehearsals and became a significant inspiration. Following his early positions with his own ensemble and as choral director at the Opéra de Montreal, Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal in 2000, and in 2008 he began his tenure as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; since 2012 he has helmed the Philadelphia Orchestra, and starting in 2020 he will additionally take over as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Nézet-Séguin regularly performs with such major European orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he was closely associated from 2008 to 2014 as Principal Guest Conductor. In the United States he has also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Nézet-Séguin made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; he has also appeared as an opera conductor at the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, Dutch National Opera, and the Vienna Staatsoper. Since 2011 he has been performing the seven great Mozart operas as a cycle at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, all of which are being released as live recordings. Yannick Nézet-Séguin holds several honorary doctorates and is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. He received the National Arts Centre Award in 2010, and in 2016 Musical America named him Artist of the Year.

    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 training with Arie Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He moved to the United States soon thereafter to complete his studies 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 led to collaborations with the leading orchestras and conductors. In the 2014-15 season, for example, he concertized with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. He has performed the two Brahms piano concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and Milan’s La Scala Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. As “Capell Virtuoso” he will give numerous performances with the Sächsische Staatskapelle in the 2015-16 season. From the start of his career Bronfman has been deeply committed to chamber music as well, performing with such colleagues as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma; in the spring of 2015 he undertook a tour of the United States with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell. Bronfman, who was featured as LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile” in 2009, is also a committed performer of contemporary works: in 2007, for example, he premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto and in 2012 came the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Second Piano Concerto, which he performed during the past season in London and Göteborg. Bronfman, who has been an American citizen since 1989 and who won the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, boasts an extensive discography; he won a Grammy Award for his recording of the three Bartók concertos.

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

    August 2015

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