Symphony Concert 25

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti | Chen Reiss

Haydn | Mahler

Tue, 05.09.19.30No. 17354

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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11.08.-10.09. 2017

 

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    05.

    Sep

    Tuesday
    19.30

    KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

    Symphony Concert 25

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam | Daniele Gatti | Chen Reiss

    Daniele Gatti  conductor
    Chen Reiss  soprano
    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Symphony in C major Hob. I:82 The Bear
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 4 in G major

    What do Joseph Haydn and Gustav Mahler have in common? Musical humor and a delight in folklore, in the intersection of the elite and the popular, which was central to the identity of both. In the finale of his first Paris symphony, Haydn composed a rustic bagpipe dance with such a down-to-earth drone that his contemporaries thought even a bear could dance to it. And this association immediately led to the work’s nickname: L’Ours. In his Fourth Symphony, Mahler took up the difficult question of what happens to us after we die: but from the child’s perspective, depicting a Paradise that surprisingly resembles a land of milk and honey. For this he set to music a folk poem from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which the soprano sings in the final movement. Yet behind this seemingly naive facade, Mahler opens up deeper and darker perspectives by having the music contradict the text. With its great Mahler tradition, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is made for this work. 

    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 its name. 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 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; during the 2017-18 season he will also lead tours to the United States, Japan, and Korea. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra today comprises 120 members from 25 nations. As part of the “RCO Meets Europe” project, by 2019 it will have traveled to all 28 countries of the European Union in order to affirm 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 label, document their 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 had 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). Gatti enjoys 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 the spring of 2017 he returned to La Scala in Milan with Die Meistersinger. In the concert hall Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which named him its Artistic Advisor in 2016 and is currently working through a Beethoven cycle with him. His most recent CD release, in the fall of 2016, is of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France 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.

    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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    Chen Reiss

    The soprano Chen Reiss was born in Herzliya, Israel, and began her vocal training at the age of 14. Following military service in her homeland, she continued her studies in New York, where she made her operatic debut in 2000 as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario at the World Bank Mozart Festival. Chen Reiss also sang for Zubin Mehta in New York, who then engaged her to appear at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where she remained a member of the permanent ensemble from 2003 to 2006. She subsequently decided to become a freelance artist; her credits since then include the major roles of the lyric soprano repertoire, with such companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan,  Dutch National Opera, and New Israeli Opera. In the 2016-17 season, Chen Reiss performed in five productions at the Vienna Staatsoper: as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (conducted by Marc Minkowski); Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel; Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio; and, from the Strauss repertoire, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Zdenka in Arabella. She additionally sang Liù in Puccini’s Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic and concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, she will join William Christie to perform in Handel’s Ariodante in Vienna, Barcelona, and Madrid; also on her agenda is her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, where she will sing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Chen Reiss has moreover collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-
    Möst. Her solo album Liaisons received a Diapason d’Or in 2011.

    July 2017

    18:30 | Introduction to the Concert with Malte Lohmann | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    (in German)

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