05.09.2018 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti | Anett Fritsch - Wagner | Berg | Bruckner - Summer Festival - Lucerne Festival

Symphony Concert 19

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti | Anett Fritsch

Wagner | Berg | Bruckner

Wed, 05.09.19.30No. 18337

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Symphony Concert 19

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti | Anett Fritsch

    Daniele Gatti  conductor
    Anett Fritsch  soprano
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Prelude to the third act of the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Alban Berg (1885–1935)
    Five Orchestral Songs, Op. 4 based on postcard texts by Peter Altenberg
    Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
    Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103
    Third version from 1889 in the Leopold Nowak Edition

    Anton Bruckner dedicated the mighty Third Symphony to his great idol, Richard Wagner, “the unreachable, world-famous, and sublime master of poetry and music.” The close connection between the two is easy to hear musically, even if Bruckner deleted 15 literal Wagner quotes that appeared in the first version of the Third when he revised the score. But in terms of their personalities, both composers were worlds apart. Wagner was a revolutionary and visionary, a bon vivant living an extravagant lifestyle who was even courted by royalty such as Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. The submissive Bruckner on the other hand fawned before any superior personality, lived for a time in bitter poverty, and often had to read hateful invectives against himself. Daniele Gatti and his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will stage a summit meeting of these two brothers in spirit who were nonetheless so unalike. And between their works we hear the singer Anett Fritsch, Salzburg’s acclaimed Donna Elvira and Figaro Countess, in Alban Berg’s aphoristically concise Altenberg Lieder.

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    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), and Mariss Jansons (2004–2015). Since 2016 Daniele Gatti has held the position of Music Director; in February 2019 he will concertize with the RCO in the United States. 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.

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    Daniele Gatti

    Daniele Gatti began his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 2016. Born in 1961 in Milan, he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory there and was 27 when he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala. In 1992 he was named Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which he helmed for five years; during that period, between 1994 and 1997, he was also active as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London. He has held additional leadership positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2009), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997–2007), Zurich Opera (2009–2012), and the Orchestre National de France (2008–2016). For many years, Gatti has enjoyed a close partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper, where he has presided over various new productions. In 2008 he made his Bayreuth Festival debut with Parsifal; at the Salzburg Festival he has conducted Strauss’s Elektra, Puccini’s La bohème, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and Verdi’s Il trovatore. In 2019 he will lead the Berlin Philharmonic in Verdi’s Otello at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In the concert hall, Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras in addition to those previously named, including the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which appointed him to be its Artistic Advisor in 2016. His most recent CD release, which appeared in June 2018, is of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France has named him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2005 and 2016 the Italian Critics’ Association awarded him the Premio Abbiati. He teaches at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2005 with the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Strauss, Mahler, and Wagner.

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    Anett Fritsch

    The soprano Anett Fritsch was born in 1986 in Plauen, Germany, and began singing at the age of 13 as a member of the chorus at the municipal theater in her native city; at 15 she began taking on solo parts there. Even before starting her vocal training with Jürgen Kurth at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music in Leipzig, she won first prize at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2001. In 2006 und 2007 she was a prize winner at the International Chamber Opera Competition at Schloss Rheinsberg; starting in 2007, she began appearing in various roles at Leipzig Opera. From 2009 to 2015, Fritsch was a permanent member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble, where she sang such Mozart roles as Pamina in The Magic Flute and Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, as well as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment. She made her debuts at Glyndebourne Festival in 2011 as Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, at the Theater an der Wien in 2012 as Merione in Gluck’s Telemaco, and at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; since then the Salzburg Festival has also engaged her as the Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro. Additional credits have taken her to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Théâtre Roayl de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich, and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. Fritsch appeared at the latter in May 2018 as Philidel in Purcell’s King Arthur. Her plans for the 2018-19 season include new productions of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at La Scala in Milan, Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Bizet’s Carmen at the Opéra national de Paris. In 2016 Anett Fritsch released an album of Mozart arias.

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    18.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

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