Symphony Concert 20

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Bernard Haitink

Mahler

Thu, 06.09.19.30No. 18339

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert


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17.08.-16.09. 2018

 

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    Symphony Concert 20

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink  conductor
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 9 in D major

    Bernard Haitink has shaped the history of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra like no other conductor in the decades following the Second World War. He helmed this phenomenal orchestra from Amsterdam for nearly three decades, creating a sensation with his interpretations of the Mahler symphonies in particular. Now, at the age of 89, he will perform Mahler's deeply moving Ninth Symphony once again in Lucerne. This is the last symphony that Mahler was able to complete before his death in 1911. The young Alban Berg, an enthusiastic admirer of the older composer, considered the Ninth to be "the most glorious" work that Mahler had ever created. Its music conveys the melancholy of farewell while at the same time seeming to open a vista into another, better world. In his score sketch, Mahler noted down such expressions as "O time of youth! Vanished! O love! Disappeared." The phrase "Leb' wohl!" ("Farewell!") appears twice. For this Lucerne performance, Haitink will take stock of a long life spent with Mahler's music. When he conducted the Ninth last year in London, the Guardian wrote that Haitink "usher[ed] it towards its faltering close" with a rare degree of "care and gentle humanity."


    Please note the following change of conductor and program for the concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam on 6 September:

    The symphony concert 20 on 6 September will be led by Bernard Haitink. Instead of the originally planned programme, the orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

    The change of cast is necessary because the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam has terminated the cooperation with chief conductor Daniele Gatti with immediate effect.

    Tickets for the concert remain valid. We are very grateful to Bernard Haitink that he can take over on such short notice.

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO) was founded in 1888 as the Concertgebouworkest for the opening of Amsterdam’s concert hall; it officially received the appellation “Royal” to mark its 100th anniversary. Willem Kees was the first chief conductor and in 1895 passed the reins on to Willem Mengelberg. For a half-century, Mengelberg influenced the orchestra and established its great Mahler tradition. Eduard van Beinum was the first to helm the RCO following the Second World War and was succeeded by Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), Mariss Jansons (2004–2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016–2018). Leading composers such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss conducted the RCO on more than one occasion. The orchestra still regularly collaborates with contemporary composers and premieres their works. In addition to some 90 concerts in Amsterdam, the RCO gives 40 concerts at leading concert halls throughout the world each year and will tour to Japan and Taiwan this November. In the 2019-20 season, the violist Tabea Zimmermann will serve as artist-in-residence and the British composer and conductor Thomas Adès will play a major role with a six-part concert series. More than 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD to date, which since 2004 have been released on its in-house label, document the RCO’s artistic achievements. The orchestra is also committed to developing talent through the RCO Academy, collaborative efforts with other institutions, and Young, a youth orchestra for “hidden talent” from all over Europe launched in 2019. The RCO is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; the Municipality of Amsterdam; sponsors; funds; and numerous donors all over the world. The largest portion of its income is generated by proceeds from the concerts it gives in and outside the Netherlands.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3 September 1972 in a program of music by Stravinsky and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under Bernard Haitink.

    August 2019

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    Bernard Haitink

    Bernard Haitink, who was born in Amsterdam, celebrated his 90th birthday in March. It was 65 years ago, in July 1954, that Haitink, who had been trained as a violinist, appeared on the podium for the first time to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in 1956 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which appointed him Music Director in 1961. For 27 years he had full responsibility there and is currently Honorary Conductor of the orchestra, with which he last appeared in December 2018 in a program of works by Mozart and Bruckner. Haitink has also held leadership positions with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1967–79), the Glyndebourne Festival (1977–88), the Royal Opera House in London (1987–2002), and the Staatskapelle Dresden (2002–04) and has served as Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2006–10). As a guest conductor, Haitink regularly conducts the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His interpretations of Bruckner and Mahler have become benchmarks, but Haitink is equally acclaimed for his performances of Viennese Classicism. In recent years at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Haitink has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in cycles devoted to Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. He has also been closely associated with the Festival as an educator and, from 2011 to 2018, led an annual master class in conducting at Easter. Haitink is a Knight of the British Empire, a Companion of Honour, and a member of the Order of the House of Orange-Nassau. In 2017  he was named Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have made him an honorary member. Following this summer, Bernard Haitink will end his career: he will give his final concert on 6 September at LUCERNE FESTIVAL.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 17 August 1966 with the Swiss Festival Orchestra in a program of works by Schubert, Martin, and Mahler.

    July 2019

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