Symphony Concert 17

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniel Harding | soloists


Wed, 19339

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Tickets as from Mon, 25 March 2019 | 12.00 (UTC + 1)

Please book a wheelchair ticket under t +41 (0) 41 226 44 80 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Summer Festival

16.08.-15.09. 2019




    Symphony Concert 17

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniel Harding | soloists

    Daniel Harding  conductor
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Tristan und Isolde. Concert performance of Act Two

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (RCO) was founded in 1888 as the Concertgebouw Orkest to mark the dedication of Amsterdam’s concert hall; since its 100th birthday in 1988, its name has included the adjective “royal.” In the first five decades of its history, the RCO was decisively shaped by Willem Mengelberg, who established its great Mahler tradition. “Truly splendid, full of youthful freshness and enthusiasm,” was Richard Strauss’s assessment of the ensemble in 1897. Dozens of composers have ascended the RCO’s podium ever since: from Mahler, Debussy, Bartók, and Stravinsky through Berio, Nono, and Henze to – in recent years – George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen, Tan Dun, Thomas Adès, and Michel van der Aa. Internationally renowned conductors have also regularly performed in Amsterdam, from Pierre Monteux, Bruno Walter, and Otto Klemperer through Sir Georg Solti, George Szell, and Eugen Jochum to the podium stars of our own time. Eduard van Beinum was the first to helm the RCO as Music Director following the Second World War; his successors have included Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), Mariss Jansons (2004–2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016–2018). The RCO tours regularly and will give a series of concerts in the United States in February 2019. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today comprises 120 members from 25 nations. By the end of 2018, as part of the “RCO Meets Europe” project, it will have traveled to all 28 countries of the European Union in order to reaffirm the idea of international understanding and the unity of the Continent. Some 1,100 recordings on LP, CD, and DVD, which since 2004 have been released on the Orchestra’s in-house “RCO live” label, document the RCO’s artistic achievements. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is generously supported by ING Group and Unilever.

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

    Further information:

    August 2018

    Other dates

    Daniel Harding

    Daniel Harding, who was born in 1975 in Oxford, began his career as an assistant to Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. He made his debuts leading the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and, in 1996, the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he enjoys a regular association today. His first leadership positions were with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the German Chamber Philharmonic in Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which has since named him Honorary Conductor for Life. In 2007 he began his tenure as head of the Swedish Radio Symphony, and since 2016 he has also helmed the Orchestre de Paris; he was additionally Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Harding works with many other celebrated orchestras, from the Vienna Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus through the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to the major American ensembles. As an opera conductor, Harding has enjoyed a close relationship with the Aix-en-Provence Festival since 1998, where he led Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in 2017. Among his credits at the Salzburg Festival credits are Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, and at La Scala in Milan he has conducted Mozart’s Idomeneo, the verismo double bill I Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana, and Verdi’s Falstaff. He has also been engaged for various productions by the Vienna, Bavarian, and Berlin Staatsoper companies and the Royal Opera House in London. Harding won the Premio Abbiati, awarded by Italian critics, in 2011. His recordings have garnered the Choc de l’Année, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Gramophone Award, and a Grammy Award. He has been a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2002 and a member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy since 2012.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 August 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn, Kelterborn, and Schumann.

    April 2017

    Other dates

    Christine Goerke

    The American soprano Christine Goerke was born in New York State. She graduated in music from the State University of New York at Fredonia, initially concentrating on the clarinet before she switched to voice in 1989; she completed her training in 1994. Goerke began her career as a member of the Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to which she belonged from 1994 to 1997. Her first major role at the Met was Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Goerke soon moved on to the dramatic soprano repertoire and has since then become especially successful as a performer of the heroines of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Credits have been with San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera; in Europe she has performed at the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra National de Paris, La Scala in Milan, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and the Teatro Real in Madrid. Highlights of recent years have included appearances as the Dyer’s Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten and Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, as Strauss’s Elektra in London, and as Brünnhilde in The Ring at Houston Grand Opera. Her engagements in the 2016-17 season include Cassandre in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Goerke sings a widely ranging concert repertoire that includes such works as the Stabat Mater settings by Dvořák, Poulenc, and Szymanowski. She has worked with such conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Christine Goerke has garnered two Grammy Awards, one each for Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony. She is a winner of the Richard Tucker Award and was named Vocalist of the Year in 2015 by Musical America.

    August 2016

    Stuart Skelton